NJ Politics Digest: New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy Says ‘Me Too’

The #MeToo movement hit home in New Jersey, when Tammy Murphy shared the story of how she had been sexually assaulted while in college.

Tammy Murphy. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

The #MeToo movement hit home in New Jersey this weekend, when the state’s first lady, Tammy Murphy, shared the story of how she had been sexually assaulted while a student in college.

Murphy and Gov. Phil Murphy were at the Women’s March in Morristown when she told of the 1987 attack that occurred as she walked down an unlit path at night. Murphy was able to escape her attacker, who was later arrested for another crime, she told crowds at the march.

The shutdown of the federal government was also big news in the state, with Gov. Phil Murphy hosting a conference call with the state’s congressional representatives from both sides of the aisle to talk about how New Jersey will be impacted.

Democrat Josh Gottheimer, was one of only six Democrats in the House to support the Republican’s short-term spending plan, saying that while he wanted a permanent DACA solution it would “be irresponsible to shut the government down,” while Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur played to voters in his district with a measure that would require members of the military continue to be paid during future government shutdowns.

And Sen. Robert Menendez’s re-election bid just got more complicated, as federal prosecutors announced they intend to retry the state’s senior senator on corruption charges. The announcement comes two months after a jury deadlocked following Menendez’s first trial and about 10 months before state voters will decide if Menendez gets another term. The senator is defiant, releasing a statement saying he “fully expects to be vindicated and has every intention of running for re-election,” according to NJ.com

Quote of the Day: ” I know the feeling of shame. I know the feeling of helplessness. I know the disappointment of justice denied. By speaking out, we can find our strength and ensure our lives are not defined by our experience,” — New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, telling about a sexual assault that occurred while she was in college.

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NJ Politics Digest: New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy Says ‘Me Too’