Tag Archive: Phil Murphy

Give Phil Murphy a chance

Apparently it’s not too early to discuss gubernatorial prospects. We already know a lot about Senate President Steve Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Other legislators who might throw their hat in the ring are probably less well known but have a NJ record on which to hang that hat.

How about Democrat Philip Murphy? Personally I don’t yet have any idea as to whether I will support him, but I am more than willing to listen. He has been laying the groundwork to run and has the money to self-finance, so de facto he is in play and subject to scrutiny.

We should not just write him off as another rich man, a carpet-bagger, too like former governor Corzine, or someone who has never held elected office. It might be refreshing to have a governor who appears genuinely concerned about the middle class and has no need to obtain money from political bosses, corporations, and wealthy donors. Murphy does have experience in business (a former Goldman Sachs director), diplomacy (Ambassador to Germany), philanthropy (several New Jersey non-profits), civic engagement (on the board of the NAACP’s Special Contribution Fund) and national politics (former finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee.) In addition he chaired the New Jersey Benefits Task Force in 2005 and co-chaired Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future.

Banning firstamend07

In the end, we’d just had it with his nonsense.

It took firstamend07 only a handful of hours to figure out he no longer had access to Blue Jersey. That is how used to his free access here he was. This morning, the predicted  outrage in an email to our contact@ address (from an anonymous email with the name none none):

“I guess free speech is not part of the “rules”

Can’t understand “why my moderate viewpoint was so despised on your site”

[I’ve] “bowed to the masses” banning him

The “liberal community” has a “problem with open discussion”

Somebody call the wahmbulance!

In Blue Jersey’s entire 9-year span, we’ve had to ban only a handful of users. We hate banning, and probably let this particular user go on for far too long. For that, I apologize to the rest of you. Some got a facefull of his personal insults disagreeing with him. Some scrolled past whatever he wrote – all in one-sentence paragraphs – because it was all the same. Apologies.

Let’s get a couple of things straight, as they seem to elude firstamend07:

TOS: FA07 was banned for (multiple) TOS violations (and multiple warnings), including repeated hijack of threads and insulting other users. The insults? “A-hole.” “Insane.” “Crazy.”  My favorite? “Armchair,” by which I think he meant armchair quarterback. Or something.

Free speech, censorship:  Let’s breeze past the absurdity of a person who’s had 7 years/thousands of published comments/hundreds of diaries at a site he contributes no resources or labor to complaining his free speech has been violated. In fact, he still leaves here with all the First Amendment rights accorded him as an American; perhaps a book on civics would be useful to explain the difference between free speech and no, you can’t insult people here.

Shill: We don’t know if firstamend07 is a paid shill of the Norcross machine. We only know he behaved here like he was. He always dropped back to a defensive posture at that suggestion, claiming he’s merely a “moderate” in a “big-tent party”. Clever, but dishonest. Firstamend07 never mentioned Steve Fulop until the papers declared him a viable candidate for Governor against Steve Sweeney – then lickety-split, the flood of diaries/comments/thread hijacks full of poorly-supported, overwrought accusations of corruption and failure of Fulop. Lather, rinse, repeat, when Phil Murphy’s name circulated. As we head toward the inevitable what’s-next, the convo here will be clearer without concern somebody’s been sent in to rile up the “lefty bloggers”.

Those armchairs.  

“Will he or won’t he” is fun but current and future governance of NJ matters more

New Jerseyans are paying a lot of attention to whether Christie will run or not, resign or not, win the primary or not, and win the presidency or not. Like a sports season there are plenty of variables and much excitement. The possibility of a second New Jersey governor as U. S. President whets our appetite. A resignation could be imminent, prolonged, or never happen, and Christie could successfully win the race or drop out along the way.

Currently we are being left in the lurch by a governor who spends little time governing and who is losing respect of the governed. Key decisions including pension reform, financing our transportation trust fund, strengthening our economy, helping Atlantic County, and reforming the NY/NJ Port Authority are being delayed. Today’s Eagleton/Rutgers poll shows how low the approval level is of the job Christie is doing: Economy/Jobs: 35%, Taxes: 31%, Education/schools: 42%, Sandy Recovery: 53%, Crime/Drugs: 46%, State Budget: 32%, and State Pension Fund Situation: 24%.

New Jersey is stuck with huge problems now and may have a new governor as soon as next year. In an ideal world this is what should be happening:

Howard Dean’s guy

Correction: Must have been tired when I wrote this. Murphy was Dean’s Finance Chair, not Director. I knew that. But thanks to BL for flagging it.

Early news pieces took note of Phil Murphy’s time as a Goldman Sachs exec, and ambassador to Germany, skipping over the part of Murphy’s bio that always interested me more.

Phil Murphy was Howard Dean’s Finance Director at DNC, which makes him a key player in the span of Democratic activity that made most sense to me, and under which Democrats strengthened state parties, and took both houses of Congress and the White House. Phil Murphy was the guy that made sure Dean’s 50-State Strategy was well-financed.

I don’t agree with Howard Dean on everything, but he’s still making sense to me right now, post-Tuesday asking where the Hell was the Democratic Party? and talking about the Dems’ failure-to-commit, chickenshit (my term, not his) failure to stand for anything, as its own undoing.