Phil Murphy

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Phil Murphy
56th Governor of New Jersey
Assumed office
January 16, 2018
LieutenantSheila Oliver[a]
Tahesha Way
Preceded byChris Christie
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 15, 2022 – July 14, 2023
Preceded byAsa Hutchinson
Succeeded bySpencer Cox
United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
September 3, 2009 – August 26, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byWilliam R. Timken
Succeeded byJohn B. Emerson
Personal details
Philip Dunton Murphy

(1957-08-16) August 16, 1957 (age 66)
Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Tammy Snyder (m. 1993)
  1. Oliver died in office on August 1, 2023.

Philip Dunton Murphy (born August 16, 1957)[1] is an American financier, diplomat, former Goldman Sachs executive and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is the 56th and current Governor of New Jersey upon winning the 2017 gubernatorial election and being sworn-in on January 16, 2018. Murphy was the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 serving during the Barack Obama presidency. He was narrowly re-elected in 2021, beating Republican Jack Ciattarelli. He became the first Democratic governor to win re-election since Brendan Byrne in 1977.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Murphy was born in Needham, Massachusetts.[3][4] He was raised in both Needham and nearby Newton, Massachusetts.[5] He studied at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ambassador to Germany (2009–2013)[change | change source]

Murphy served as United States Ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama from 2009–2013.[6]

His formal nomination to the position was made by President Barack Obama on July 9, 2009.[7] It was then confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 2009.[8] Murphy promoted American trade and focused on engaging Germany’s youth through town hall meetings, exchange programs, and social media communication.[9]

On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Murphy was stepping down from the ambassadorship.[10] He formally left the position on August 26, 2013.

Governship (since 2018)[change | change source]

2017 election[change | change source]

Murphy was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election.[11] He faced Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the general election.[11] He won the election on November 7, 2017.[12]

Tenure[change | change source]

In December 2019, Murphy became the chairperson of the Democratic Governors Association,[13] a position he held for a year.[14]

2021 election[change | change source]

On October 1, 2020, Murphy announced he would seek reelection, with Oliver as his running mate.[15] He faced Republican Jack Ciattarelli in the general election.[16] He was re-elected by a small margin and was declared the winner the next day.

Personal life[change | change source]

Murphy moved to Middletown Township, New Jersey in 2000.[17] He is married to Tammy Snyder and they have four children.

On March 4, 2020, Murphy had surgery in New York City to remove cancerous tumors in his kidneys.[18] He made a full recovery shortly afterward.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. Campaign email "It's Phil Murphy's Birthday Today!", sent August 16, 2016.
  2. "Murphy wins bruising N.J. governor's race, narrowly beating Ciattarelli for 2nd term".
  3. "On Murphy's Road to Victory, No Stone Left Unturned". Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  4. Quigley, Joan. "Phil Murphy: A big smile and, big plans for New Jersey". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  5. Dustin Racioppi, "Guadagno, Murphy race rooted in the past", Asbury Park Press, June 8, 2017, p. 9A.
  6. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 7-9-09". July 9, 2009. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  7. "Murphy will be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Germany on Sunday; Fishman still awaits action; Rumors on Steinberg's successor". September 9, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  8. Archived 2009-10-02 at the Wayback Machine - As it was on August 21, 2009 during Murphy's time as Ambassador to Germany
  9. "Murphy, Philip D." Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  10. "An Interview with Philip D. Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany - The Politic". Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "New Jersey Primary Results: Murphy Will Face Guadagno in Governor's Race". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  12., NJ Advance Media for. "Phil Murphy beats Kim Guadagno to succeed Christie as N.J. governor".
  13. Johnson, Brent; Arco, Matt (November 29, 2019). "Murphy prepares for a national role in Trump's re-election year, but says he will keep his focus on N.J." nj. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  14., Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for (2020-12-03). "Murphy stepping down as Democratic governors chair". nj. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  15. Wildstein, David (October 1, 2020). "Murphy formally launches bid for 2nd term as governor, will run with Oliver". New Jersey Globe. Sea of Reeds Media. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  16. Racioppi, Dustin (January 21, 2020). "First GOP challenger announces run to unseat NJ Gov. Phil Murphy". Gannett. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  17. "NJ's next governor: Phil Murphy or Kim Guadagno". Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  18. "How Phil Murphy went from cancer surgery to meeting the challenge of his political life during coronavirus crisis". Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  19. "Cancer Doctor Says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Very Fortunate Kidney Tumor Detected Early". CBS. Retrieved May 20, 2020.

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