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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:20 PM

Murphy looks to avoid Christie model as he becomes DGA chairman


JERSEY CITY, N. J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, set to take over this week as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, may ignore one of the traditional roles of the post: hitting the road to support fellow gubernatorial candidates.

Murphy, in a phone interview Monday, said he plans to stick to fundraising and strategy. He says he doesn't want to make the same mistake his predecessor Chris Christie did. Christie suffered low approval ratings in the Garden State as he led the Republican Governors Association.

Murphy will ascend to the chairmanship with 11 state governors' offices up for election next year, including four — Delaware, Montana, North Carolina and Washington — with Democratic incumbents. Montana, where incumbent Steve Bullock has hit the term limit, has the only open seat out of the 11, one that is widely considered a toss-up that could consume a big chunk of the DGA’s attention.

Murphy, who was the Democratic National Committee finance chairman when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was chairman, said a part of him pines for Dean's "50-state strategy" of making Democrats competitive in states that normally vote Republican, but said he doesn't expect to follow that model leading the governors group.

Christie's problem wasn't that he was Chair of DGA; it was that he was focusing on running for President.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:28 PM

1. 'a part of him pines for Dean's "50-state strategy"'

ONLY a part of him?

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