Tammy and Phil Murphy attended a meeting at the Portuguese Club of Long Branch, but left with a negative outcome witnessed by a long-time observer of state politics. The first lady emphasized more energy and directness in her speech compared to previous campaign speeches, highlighting her local ties and community involvement in Monmouth County. However, the main criticism against Tammy Murphy is that she represents a special interest based on her husband’s political power and influence.
Andy Kim won the Monmouth Democratic convention by a good margin of 265 to 181 in the Murphys’ home county. Rep. Frank Pallone addressed the convention as a Murphy supporter, offering reasons to endorse her, such as her residence in the county and the need for more women in the Senate. After the Murphys left the meeting, Andy Kim spoke to reporters declaring his campaign to have the momentum and energy. The bellwether outcome was evident, and Kim’s statement was met with agreement from many listeners.