Phil Murphy, the Democratic governor of New Jersey, denied rumours that he would run for president in 2024.
Murphy told CBS’s “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, in response to a question about whether he has considered running for president, “I am one hundred percent behind President Biden.”
“And I haven’t really looked beyond the fact that he will undoubtedly run. He is qualified to run. He has earned the privilege. I believe he’s had a successful run here. And I’ll be 100 percent behind him.”
Brennan cited a Saturday profile published in the New York Times titled, “A Trip to Ukraine. An Attack on Ron DeSantis. What Has Phil Murphy Been Doing?”
Murphy stated on Sunday, “It’s a great question.” “We inherited a state that was essentially a train wreck, and we were elected to fix it and reelected to continue fixing it. It is a tremendous honour to serve as the governor of New Jersey. This is the number one task, period. In my case, I was the U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Consequently, international issues continue to be essential to us.
New Jersey is among the most international states in the United States. Therefore, international direct investment relations are vital. It is an honour to serve as chairman of both the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. Thus, we are juggling a number of tasks, but New Jersey is our top priority.”
On Saturday, Murphy and former Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to speak at the Gridiron Club’s annual dinner, which the New York Times described as “a famously irreverent white-tie and tails roast that attracts Washington’s top journalists and political insiders.”
Brennan also asked the governor of New Jersey why Biden has not formally declared his candidature for the 2024 election.
Murphy stated, “I’m not sure I have any insightful information on that.” “I do not believe he is necessarily out of step with other incumbents who have announced reelection. We are all expecting it to be next week, next month, or whenever it may be. I believe it will occur sooner than later. However, the president himself will make this decision.”
Murphy stated that he was “concerned, but not panicked” regarding Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).
“Depositors and employees of the companies whose deposits are in that bank must be the top priority,” said Murphy. “We have a robust innovation economy in New Jersey, so we spent the weekend trying to stay ahead of the curve. We don’t have much direct exposure to SVB, but we do have a large number of tech companies. Therefore, our Economic Development Authority is preparing a package that is primarily focused on liquidity in the event that we need it. You must be extremely concerned when a bank of this size declines. However, I do not believe it is necessary to panic. And I am confident that federal authorities are working feverishly to come up with a solution sooner rather than later.”
In a perceived jab at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the governor was also questioned about his decision to expand AP African American Studies despite the course’s “potentially flawed academics.”
“Do we believe that our entire history should be taught? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the truth alone? The affirmative response is yes. This year, one high school in New Jersey is teaching AP African American Studies; next year, that number will increase to 26,” said Murphy, accusing DeSantis of “trying to divide us.”