Newark leader denounces failure of Murphy campaign
State Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) of Newark has denounced Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign following a return to power by the incumbent Democratic president.
The Associated Press just called him for Murphy.
But many in the governor’s party, including Rice, feel embarrassed by the effort.
“Codey’s assessment is fair in regards to Governor Murphy’s failed campaign strategy to lead with the right issues. He was also handicapped in this election in the minds of many black and female observers by his inability to allow his lieutenant governor to be a regularly visible lieutenant governor and regularly interacting with the organizational networks that the Black Caucus has built. over the years throughout the state, interacting with our communities statewide in general and communities of color in particular.
“This is what the black community and leaders expected of him when we supported his first election four years ago. That is why we argued for a black lieutenant governor. The paid consultants seem to have more of a say in our issues affecting minorities and women than the Lieutenant Governor; as members of minorities and women in the legislature and sometimes the governor’s chief of staff regarding our matters of concern. These are issues the governor agrees with, such as the just economy for minorities and women. We will have to deal with this in his new term as governor. Minorities and women continue to appoint governors, vote for Speakers and Senate Speakers as Black and Brown, and lawmakers to be denied legislation and policies that would ensure economic justice for minorities and women . Our lieutenant governor should meet with us on minority and women’s issues because she understands; She has lived through discriminatory practices over the years and worked hard to try to help eradicate and correct them in her various capacities while working in the nonprofit community and in government. We shouldn’t be talking to staff like Justin Braz and others who will never understand the historic and current damage to people of color. “
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