Murphy rules out future runs for office

There are no more candidacies in Michael Murphy’s future.

“People ask that question all the time, and my glib answer is I’m making too much money to run and not enough to win,” said Murphy, a former Morris County prosecutor who came in third in the 1997 Democratic gubernatorial primary, in a brief interview yesterday.

Although he never sought elected office again, Murphy, now a lobbyist, has remained politically active, running U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews’ (D-Haddon Heights) unsuccessful primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) in 2008.  He is the stepson of the late former Gov. Richard J. Hughes and stepbrother of Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Murphy’s name continues has surfaced frequently in recent years as a potential candidate for one office or another.  

“If there’s someone with higher political aspirations and who’s extremely qualified in my family, it’s my brother Brian,” he said.  Murphy rules out future runs for office