NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Going All Out on Trump

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In provocative comments, Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, went so far as to compare the political climate fostered by President Trump to the rise of Nazi Germany. Murphy said the racial violence hit home as a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, and said people should be worried about the Trump administration.

He wasn’t the only New Jersey politician to weigh in. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) called on Trump to fire three White House aides — chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and staffer Sebastian Gorka — who have been accused of associating with white nationalists.

But Murphy by far has been one of the most sharply critical Democrats of the president in the wake of the deadly violence this weekend at a white supremacist demonstration. Murphy over the weekend also suggested Trump was inciting people to commit violence, and it’s not the first time he makes the Nazi comparison.

Quote of the Day: “It’s a slippery slope. People think all of the sudden these things — there was a quantum moment, and it wasn’t. It was economic, societal chaos and it grew over time and people didn’t see it coming and then when they finally figured it out they couldn’t catch the train. And we should all be very concerned about that in our leadership right now.” – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.

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