Phil Murphy galloped through the train bearing goodwill, his wife Tammy at his side.
Last year, he outdueled Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in the popularity contest. This year, Fulop was not on the train and Murphy worked the packed cars with seven league boots.
InsiderNJ caught up with him and asked him what he thinks about U.S. Senator Cory Booker(D-NJ) as a presidential prospect in 2020.
“Oh, I think he’s got the goods,” Murphy said.
A handful of New Jersey insiders have plied Murphy’s name as a presidential prospect, and suggested a Booker-Murphy diner booth war for the right to New Jersey’s power projection platform.
“Let’s worry about New Jersey,” Tammy Murphy told InsiderNJ.
Booker has emerged as a possible challenger to President Donald J. Trump, but drawn criticism from progressives and others because of his past aggressive support for charter schools.
Murphy said Trump Education Department pick Betsy DeVos – a committed charter school advocate – “went far and beyond” what Booker endorsed in the way of alternative educational opportiunities for children.