The day was seen as a “bellwether” for both Tammy and Phil Murphy. Despite her energetic speech, it felt a bit far-fetched that her 20 years of living and volunteering in Monmouth County will help her in the U.S. Senate race. This day’s events were seen as a punch in the face the the Murphys.
Tammy Murphy had stressed her long history of living in Monmouth County and said this would make her a better senator. Despite her energetic speech, this seemed far-fetched to observers of state politics.
In a Monmouth Democratic convention, Andy Kim won by 265 votes to 181, and this was in the Murphys’ home county. Despite a convincing win by Kim, Rep. Frank Pallone, a Murphy supporter, said the convention should endorse Murphy. He said the 3 main reasons were that Murphy lives in the county, the Senate needs more women, and that she’s a progressive. However, it seems ironic as the first lady may be seen as a special interest herself because she is a candidate based on the political power of her husband.
While the Murphys left before Andy Kim spoke to reporters, he said his campaign has the momentum and the energy. On that day, it’s certain that no one would disagree with him.