December 11, 2016 - BlueWaveNJ, a Montclair-based progressive grassroots organization, today unanimously endorsed Phil Murphy to be the next Governor of New Jersey. The gubernatorial election will take place on November 7, 2017.
“Phil Murphy has the independence to stand up to the special interests in the state,” said Marcia Marley, BWNJ President and Co-Founder. “His policy proposals reflect progressive values and a deep understanding of what it will take to strengthen New Jersey’s economy and ensure that all its residents thrive.”
The endorsement by the BWNJ Board is based, in part, on Murphy’s responses to a questionnaire sent to all declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates. The questionnaire covered a wide range of issues and challenges facing the state, including tackling the pension deficit, making the tax structure fairer, enacting a statewide $15 minimum wage, expanding Paid Family Leave, increasing voter participation, investing in infrastructure and job creation, protecting the environment, increasing state aid to colleges and universities, and strengthening gun safety and anti-violence laws.
“BlueWaveNJ is one of the strongest heartbeats of New Jersey’s progressive movement, and I am honored that we will be walking together on the path to create a fairer and more just New Jersey,” said Murphy. “The road back from Donald Trump’s America and Chris Christie’s New Jersey starts now, and it starts with us.”
“Our thousands of members and supporters are committed to electing progressive candidates at the local, state and national level,” said Marley. “We look forward to harnessing our grassroots power to help elect Phil Murphy and ensure a Democratic victory for NJ in 2017. With Murphy as our governor, the state can be a model of how good governance can promote both equity and growth.”
Established in 2005, BlueWaveNJ is a grassroots organization working to enact positive change in our community, state and nation by protecting and improving the rights, opportunities and quality of life of all people through legislative advocacy, public education on critical issues and community mobilization.