Phil Murphy, Democratic candidate for governor, announced today that he will be visiting Israel next week to meet with business and government leaders on ways to expand New Jersey’s economic, security, and cultural ties.
He will be accompanied by his wife, Tammy; this will be the Murphys fourth trip to Israel.
“The ties between New Jersey and Israel are important not only because of the shared heritage of many of our people, but also because of the economics that link our states,” said Murphy, an expert in international finance and the former United States Ambassador to Germany. “As governor, I want to make New Jersey a true world leader in the trade of both goods and ideas. Markets like Israel are an important part of that equation to grow our own economy and create good jobs.”
According to numerous reports, the New Jersey-Israel economic partnership amounts to $1.8 billion in annual economic activity, including more than $775 million in exports from New Jersey. Murphy said strengthening those economic bonds are necessary to creating a stronger state economy.