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:
— Phil Murphy (@PhilMurphyNJ) July 27, 2016
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.