Election 2017: Dean, McAuliffe endorse Phil Murphy for N.J. Governor

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Goldman Sachs alum and Jon Corzine clone Phil Murphy was the first to announce a run for N.J. governor back in May, Save Jerseyans, and today, he’s the first to announce major out-of-state establishment support.

On Wednesday, the campaign announced via Twitter that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean had confirmed their support at a DNC event in Philly:

McAuliffe is currently being probed by the FBI according to numerous media reports.

Dean is best known for his very public meltdown after finishing a disappointing third place in the 2004 Iowa Caucuses.

Murphy is likely to face at least two other Democrats – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop – in the fight for next year’s Democrat gubernatorial nomination.

Whether any of this helps Murphy do more than raise money from Clinton-types (which isn’t really his weakness) remains to be seen. I’m skeptical.