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Phil Murphy: Former U.S. ambassador to Germany

The 2017 NJ gubernatorial campaign is officially underway, a year before the first ballots are cast. Phil Murphy, the wealthy former U.S. ambassador to Germany who has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for a run for governor, became the first major candidate to declare his candidacy. "New Jersey's challenges can't wait," Murphy said in the two-minute video. "I'm taking the unusual step of announcing my candidacy for governor a year ahead of the election, because my campaign is not going to be politics as usual. It's time for a governor who has your back," Murphy said at the video's conclusion. "I will."

Murphy made his fortune as an executive at Goldman Sachs. Murphy's commercial never mentions Goldman Sachs, instead focusing on his work as a former Democratic National Committee finance chairman under chairman Howard Dean, his years as the Obama-appointed ambassador to Germany, his leadership of two NJ charities and status as a member of the NAACP's national board.

Source: Politico.com on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race May 16, 2016

Phil Murphy: Former U.S. ambassador to Germany, appointed by Obama

The 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial campaign is officially underway, a year before the first ballots are cast. Phil Murphy, the wealthy former U.S. ambassador to Germany who has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for a run for governor, became the first major candidate to declare his candidacy. "New Jersey's challenges can't wait," Murphy said in the two-minute video. "I'm taking the unusual step of announcing my candidacy for governor a year ahead of the election, because my campaign is not going to be politics as usual. It's time for a governor who has your back. I will."

Murphy's commercial never mentions [that he was an executive at] Goldman Sachs, instead focusing on his work as a former Democratic National Committee finance chairman under chairman Howard Dean, his years as the President Barack Obama-appointed ambassador to Germany, his leadership of two New Jersey charities and status as a member of the NAACP's national board.

Source: Politico.com on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race May 16, 2016

Cory Booker: No head in the sand; but no global police

Both Booker and Lonegan opposed a US attack on Syria, though in the first debate last Friday, only Lonegan ruled out any reconsideration. Lonegan and Booker, also in the first debate, scoffed at the notion of the U. as an international police force. Both expressed deep wariness about recent diplomatic outreaches to Iran.

Neither Booker nor Lonegan would qualify as a "hawk," but Booker is more receptive to the deployment of U. forces. Asked a Syria-inspired question in the first debate about "America's role in the world," Booker said the US should be willing to combat genocide, while Lonegan countered that the military's role is to "defend our borders and our trade routes."

That drew a rebuttal from Booker: "We cannot, like Mr. Lonegan suggests, just stick our heads in the sand and protect our borders. We have to be involved in the international community in a way that works with others to stop terrorism, other problems--famines to genocide--that are going on in the world," Booker said

Source: WHYY NewsWorks.org on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Oct 14, 2013

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