New Jersey’s first lady suspends Senate campaign, blames Donald Trump

Days after indicted incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez updated his plans for re-election, New Jersey’s first lady made a Trump-focused campaign announcement of her own.

One thing the Democratic Party appeared continually united on was its by-any-means-necessary stand against former President Donald Trump getting a second term in the White House. So much so that as Tammy Murphy, the wife of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, suspended her bid for the Senate, she positioned herself at both ends of the “divisive” spectrum.

“After many busy, invigorating, and yes, challenging months, I am suspending my Senate campaign today,” Murphy announced in a video posted to social media Sunday.

“I have been genuine and factual throughout, but it is clear to me that continuing in this race will involve waging a very divisive and negative campaign, which I am not willing to do,” she expressed before immediately fearmongering over the president. “And with Donald Trump on the ballot and so much at stake for our nation, I will not in good conscience waste resources tearing down a fellow Democrat. Instead of talking about process and politics, my campaign has been about solution for families and a vision for the next generation.”

“As we face grave, dangerous threats on the national level, thanks to Donald Trump and far-right extremists,” contended Murphy, “it’s time to unify, not divide.”

The doublespeak from the executive’s wife led her to assert, “I will now focus entirely on re-electing President Biden and ensuring Democratic victories up and down the ballot all across New Jersey.”

“I look forward to partnering with you to ensure our communities are affordable, our rights and freedoms protected, and our futures safe and secure,” she added.

Murphy’s campaign suspension came only one day after she beat rival candidate, Rep. Andy Kim, 13-8 in the Salem County Democratic convention, leaving them evenly split on county endorsements, according to the New Jersey Globe.

It also followed Menendez’s Thursday announcement that he would not be filing for the June 4 Democratic primary, but that he would potentially pursue re-election as “an Independent Democrat in the general election.”

“The present accusations I am facing, of which I am innocent and will prove so, will not allow me to have that type of dialogue and debate with political opponents that have already made it the cornerstone of their campaign,” the incumbent said regarding his indictment on bribery charges. “New Jerseyans deserve better than that. You deserve to hear from those who wish to represent you about what they would do for you and your families in the future.”

“Therefore, I will not file for the Democratic primary this June,” he affirmed. “I am hopeful that my exoneration will take place this summer and allow me to pursue my candidacy as an Independent Democrat in the general election.”

According to the federal indictment unsealed in September, Menendez and his wife, Nadine, allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gold bars in exchange for providing aid to the Egyptian and Qatari governments. It also alleged that after he attempted to interfere with a criminal probe she became the recipient of a new Mercedes-Benz.

One spoof of Murphy’s announcement encapsulated the Orwellian message from the Democratic first lady that made partisanship and leftist ideology a central focus of her now suspended campaign.

Kevin Haggerty


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