Obama Stumps For Murphy in Newark

Oct 19, 2017

Obama stumps for the NJ gubernatorial democratic ticket, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver, in Newark
Credit Keanna Faircloth

Democrat Phil Murphy says he’d never be in position to run for New Jersey governor if he never knew Barack Obama.

“He’s always had our backs and New Jersey will always have his back,” Murphy said.

Obama kept his focus mostly on the New Jersey Governor’s race.

“Phil has spent his life creating jobs and growing opportunity.  He knows what it means to serve.  And he wants to put that vision, that experience, that leadership to work serving all of the people in New Jersey.  With good jobs that pay good wages, equal pay for equal work, and healthcare that’s protected from political gamesmanship.”

The 44th President says Murphy proved his qualification to govern while he was the United States Ambassador to Germany.

“Not only did he do such a good job that we were able to work with Chancellor Merkel and others to put the world economy back on track, but he became such a big celebrity that when I went over there everyone was like, ‘We love Phil Murphy.’”

Obama took a shot at the current state of American politics.

“Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed.  That’s folks looking 50 years back.  It’s the 21st century, not the 19th century.”

The trip to Newark was Obama’s first campaign appearance since leaving political office.