Oliver: Murphy Surgery Successful

Acting Governor Sheila Oliver today issued an Executive Order establishing a new interagency task force to provide advice and recommendations for strategies and actions to reduce incidents of hate, bias, and intolerance involving students and young adults.

From Acting Governor Sheila Oliver:

“Earlier today, Governor Murphy underwent a successful surgery to remove a tumor on his kidney. He is currently resting at a hospital in New York City.”

Murphy last month told the public that he has a tumor on his kidney that is 90 percent likely to be cancerous and he will soon undergo surgery.

Murphy, 62, told NJ Advance Media that doctors caught it at an early stage and have “complete confidence” they’ll be able to fully remove the tumor. He said he does not expect he’ll have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

An update at 7 p.m.:

Update from First Lady Tammy Murphy

“I am proud to report that Phil’s surgery presented no surprises to his doctors and was a success.

“The tumor was removed, and his left kidney remains largely intact. He is awake and (as expected) is in some discomfort, but he’s gone through the entire day with his usual good humor and optimism buoying the nurses, doctors, staff and anyone else in his proximity – present company included!  The kids and I are so happy to have him through surgery and now set our sights on healing.

“Home is not far from his mind, and one of his first questions (after asking how the surgery went and how the kids and I were holding up) was, “Is everything ok in New Jersey?”

“Phil, the kids, and I cannot thank everyone enough for the tremendous outpouring of support we’ve received at this challenging time. We are so very grateful. And we know that Phil will jump back into the thick of things in no time!”

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