TRENTON, N.J. – Phil Murphy is vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and on track to take over the organization next year; he’ll be in Florida this upcoming weekend addressing that state’s Democrats. As when Chris Christie ran the RGA, the DGA post is a busy one likely to keep Murphy on the move and out of New Jersey for extended trips.
With troubling economic and fiscal indicators piling up, 2017 gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli – a former Assemblyman who has already declared his desire to take another stab at the GOP nomination in 2021 – says Murphy should quit the DGA post.
“New Jersey has full-time problems that require the undivided attention of a full-time Governor. Phil Murphy should take heed,” said Ciattarelli in a statement Wednesday evening. “New Jersey taxpayers have no appetite whatsoever for a Governor of either party spending his/her time flying around the country engaged in partisan activities raising money, campaigning and strategizing for their political party. For New Jersey’s sake, this is not the time for Phil Murphy to become Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).”
“While Phil Murphy is busy in Florida doing DGA’s bidding, he may very well recognize a great many people who’ve fled New Jersey in search of lower taxes,” Ciattarelli added.
Ciattarelli (R-16) lost a hard-fought 2017 GOP nomination battle with then-outgoing Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in 2017.