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New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy Suspends Senate Campaign, to endorse Andy Kim

New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy Suspends Senate Campaign, to endorse Andy Kim
Politico


In a surprising turn of events, New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy has officially suspended her U.S. Senate campaign, citing a desire to avoid a divisive primary and to unite the Democratic Party.

Her decision clears the path for Congressman Andy Kim, who is now poised to become the Democratic frontrunner in the race to replace Senator Bob Menendez.

Murphy, who had been engaged in a heated primary battle with Kim, announced her decision in a heartfelt video message to her supporters.

"After many busy, invigorating, and yes, challenging months, I am suspending my Senate campaign today," Murphy stated.

She expressed her gratitude to those who supported her and emphasized that her campaign was never about personal ambition but about serving the people of New Jersey.

​The First Lady's campaign had been marred by internal party conflicts, revealing deep rifts within the state's Democratic establishment.

Despite securing widespread support from county leadership, Murphy faced resistance from grassroots Democrats since announcing her bid last November.

​Congressman Andy Kim, who represents New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, has dedicated his career to public service, having served under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

A former national security advisor and diplomat, Kim has been a vocal advocate for healthcare and veterans' issues in Congress.

​Kim's response to Murphy's announcement was one of unity and respect.

"I have immense respect for Tammy Murphy and her commitment to our state. Her decision to suspend her campaign is a testament to her character and dedication to Democratic values," Kim remarked.

Political analysts believe that Murphy's endorsement could be a significant boost for Kim, who is expected to face a tough general election campaign.

The race is being closely watched, as it could have national implications for the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.Senator Menendez, who has been embroiled in legal controversies, has not yet announced his re-election plans.

However, he has hinted at the possibility of running as an independent, which could further complicate the electoral landscape.