TRENTON – The scene this morning and this afternoon at the state Division of Elections office on the fourth floor of 33 West Street featured a team member attached to Assemblywoman Liz Muoio (D-15), a member of the team of state Senator Robert Gordon (D-38), individual Republican challengers in LD17 and LD3 – and box after box after box carted forth by team members in the name of the candidacy of former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy.
“Phil Murphy today presented 43,042 petition signatures to the New Jersey Division of Elections, obliterating the state record with a filing that shows deep grassroots support and energy for new leadership,” said spokesman Derek Roseman.
An FDU poll last week shows Murphy garnering in the low twenties among Democratic voters, with most people undecided about governor. But the Democratic candidate – who this past week swept the last of the counties in his quest for party support, saw in the petition signatures a story of surging energy.
“Everywhere I go Democrats are energized, excited, and ready to take on the Trump-Christie agenda,” said Murphy. “I am grateful to every person who endorsed our campaign. We’ll harness their energy to build a better state from the middle class out and create more opportunity for all nine million who proudly call New Jersey home.”
Governor Chris Christie held the former record (14,835) for his 2013 reelection effort, Roseman noted.
Murphy minders Jenny Davis and Dave Parano happily crated packed white boxes through the doors of the state Division of Elections offices, with a jovial Essex County Freeholder (Murphy’s campaign strategist) nearby.
A gloomy narrative, meanwhile, permeated the world of state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), as his advisers wondered if indeed he intends to run for governor after all, on this the final day to file qualifying petitions to appear on this year’s ballot. Lesniak’s filed to run and officially certified, but some of his allies remain dubious about the campaign.