Andrews taps former rival as campaign chairman

Rep. Rob Andrews named former rival Michael Murphy as his campaign’s general chairman.

Murphy, a former Morris County Prosecutor who operates a public relations firm and is the stepson of former Gov. Richard Hughes, ran against Andrews for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1997. They both lost to Jim McGreevey, who went on to lose to Christie Whitman.

Andrews called Murphy’s 1997 campaign “tough but very fair.”

According to a press release, Murphy’s role will be more than symbolic – he’ll fill in as a surrogate for Andrews at events, as well as play a role in communications and strategy.

“I am deeply honored that Michael is joining me in this very important campaign for the future of our state and nation,” said Andrews. “His experience and credibility are assets that will be invaluable in helping
take my message of vigorous leadership and change to New Jersey voter.”

Andrews taps former rival as campaign chairman