Gov. Phil Murphy Endorses Tim Alexander For Congress


ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey’s two-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday endorsed civil rights attorney Tim Alexander in the U.S. House New Jersey District 2 race against Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew.

Murphy, who won his second term in office last year, called Alexander “exactly the type of leader we need” in Congress.

“As a law enforcement officer and civil rights attorney, Tim has distinguished himself as a community leader who will bring a commonsense approach to governing to Washington,” Murphy said in a statement released by Alexander’s campaign.

“Unlike his opponent, who voted against lower health care and prescription drug costs, Tim will fight to reduce costs and inflation for working families, protect a woman’s right to choose, and create good-paying jobs in new industries. I know Tim is exactly the type of leader we need in Congress at this critical moment in our nation’s history.”

Alexander said he wants to produce “tangible results” for New Jersey the way Murphy has for the state, which led to his re-election in 2021.

“From protecting a woman’s right to choose to expanding property tax relief this summer, Governor Murphy has been a strong champion for New Jersey families,” Alexander said. “In Congress, I look forward to working hand in hand with the governor to fix our roads and bridges and ensure South Jersey gets its fair share of infrastructure funding.”

Earlier, Alexander picked up the endorsement of another popular New Jersey politician in former presidential candidate and current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

Murphy’s endorsement comes with just weeks to go before the midterm elections and early voting in the district. While the district has proven to be a swing both ways in presidential elections, Republicans have controlled it much of the time.

Van Drew won the district as a Democrat but flipped parties in 2020 and won the support of former President Donald Trump. He edged out Amy Kennedy in 2020 to win re-election with his new party.

Alexander is hoping to take advantage of new gains in the district to unseat Van Drew. He is trying to become the first person of color ever to represent the district in Congress.


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