New Jersey: State’s First Lady Announces for Senate: Tammy Murphy (D), wife of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), yesterday officially declared her candidacy to oppose indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D) in next year’s Democratic primary. Though most believe Sen. Menendez will not seek re-election, there has been no confirmation of such from the Menendez camp.
Ms. Murphy should be regarded as a long shot to win the party nomination. Immediately upon Sen. Menendez’s indictment becoming public, US Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) announced his challenge to Mr. Menendez, and he has already established a large lead in polling and fundraising. Conversely, Ms. Murphy is a first time political candidate.
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