Nov. 7, 2017 Governor

Card 9" x 4"


Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver are fighting to make our economy work for everyone. 
They'll raise the minimum wage and invest in our schools, infrastructure, and small businesses.

Kim Guadagno and Chris Christie put corporations and the wealthy ahead of middle-class families, but Phil and Sheila will build a stronger, fairer economy.

Phil and Sheila will:
  • Invest in our infrastructure and ensure modern roads and bridges – including fixing NJTransit
  • Make New Jersey the home for innovative companies
  • Fully fund public schools to create opportunity and control property taxes
  • Raise the minimum wage and guarantee equal pay for equal work
Paid for by Murphy for Governor, One Gateway Center, Suite 511, Newark, NJ 07102

Card 4" x 6" (same on front and back.

Biography  [born Aug. 16, 1957]

Growing up, Phil’s family lived paycheck to paycheck. His mom was a secretary, his dad never graduated high school and took any job he thought could help him support his family — even working as a paid pallbearer. Phil’s first job at thirteen was washing dishes in a local diner.

Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.

Nationally, Phil proudly served on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization. Since announcing his run for governor, Phil has been endorsed by more than one-hundred African American faith leaders from across the state.

In New Jersey, he’s helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better.

Phil also helped start The New Start Career Network, which provides free, personalized assistance to New Jersey residents, age 45 and over, who have been unemployed for six months or more.

In less than a year, more than 1,000 long-term unemployed have signed up — leading then President Obama’s Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to call the New Start Career Network a “fantastic” model.

As the world faced the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression Phil answered President Barack Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany — Europe’s largest economy — after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Phil has also fought for opportunity, fairness, and justice through his involvement in the Democratic Party. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping to elect Barack Obama. He worked with Howard Dean on the fifty-state strategy that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up.

Today Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County. They are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.