Tammy and Phil Murphy attended a meeting at the Portuguese Club of Long Branch, but left with a negative outcome as witnessed by a long-time observer of state politics. Andy Kim won the Monmouth Democratic convention by a good margin of 265 to 181 in the Murphys’ home county.
In her speech to Monmouth Dems, Tammy Murphy emphasized more energy and directness compared to previous campaign speeches, expressing her local ties and community involvement. She also highlighted the need for more women in the Senate and proclaimed that a woman is better suited to fight for certain causes.
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. However, the main criticism against Tammy Murphy is that she represents a special interest based on her husband’s political power and influence.
After the Murphys left the meeting, Andy Kim spoke to reporters declaring his campaign to have momentum and energy. The bellwether outcome was evident, and Kim’s statement was met with agreement from many listeners.