As a former Goldman Sachs executive and longtime Democrat party insider, New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has a lot in common with Jon Corzine. But like the failed one-term governor, it appears Murphy has been spending big for years to buy the party’s nomination:
“Phil Murphy, the early Democratic favorite in this year’s race for New Jersey governor, has donated at least $1.15 million to state and local Democratic organizations and candidates since 2001, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of campaign finance records.
More than 40 percent of that money — about $466,000 — was shelled out over the past three years, a period during which Murphy, a millionaire former Goldman Sachs banking executive, took steps toward launching his campaign to succeed Republican Chris Christie as governor…
The last time a statewide candidate in New Jersey has donated at such a level was when then-U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, also a Democrat and a former Goldman Sachs executive, gave millions in his run-up to being elected governor in 2005. From 1999 to 2005, Corzine and his family donated $5.1 million to Democratic organizations in the state.”
Phil Murphy clearly thinks he can buy his way into the governor’s mansion with the money he made on Wall Street. But no matter how much he spends forcing out opponents and purchasing support, Phil Murphy’s far-left record and penchant for offensive comments are too extreme for average New Jerseyans who deserve capable leadership.