New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has quashed rumors that he is planning to run in the 2024 presidential election while voicing his support for fellow President Joe Biden.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on March 12, Murphy was asked by host Margaret Brennan if he is considering making a White House bid following a recent New York Times report that claimed he “has an eye on Washington.”
“I will say this, I have 1,000 percent, behind President Biden,” Murphy, a Democrat, told Brennan. “And I haven’t really looked beyond that he certainly is going to run. He deserves to run. He’s earned that right. I think he’s had a great run here. And I’m gonna be 1,000 percent behind him.”
“I’m a former U.S. ambassador, which in my case was the Federal Republic of Germany. And therefore, the international stuff is—continues to be important to us. New Jersey is one of the most international American states. So direct investment relations abroad matter a lot,” Murphy added. “So we have a few balls in the air, but New Jersey is job number one.”
Brennan also quizzed Murphy as to why Biden has not formally announced his candidacy for 2024.
Up until now, Biden has only said that he “intends” to run and that he has “other things to finish” before officially launching a 2024 presidential campaign.
“I know, we’re all sort of expecting it’s next week, next month, whatever it might be. My guess is it’s sooner than later,” Murphy said of a potential Biden announcement. “But that’s something that the president himself will decide.”
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