Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy, formerly the prosecutor of Morris County and a candidate for governor of New Jersey, is a registered lobbyist and partner at Impact NJ Government Affairs.  He has been involved in politics since the first gubernatorial campaign of his stepfather, two-term NJ Governor and Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes. An early adviser to President Barack Obama’s Democratic primary bid in New Jersey, Murphy has been identified repeatedly by PolitickerNJ on its annual Power List as one of New Jersey’s “100 Most Politically Influential Personalities,” and New Jersey Monthly has listed him in its “Power Issue” of the Garden State’s most influential people.

In 2007, Murphy served as treasurer of the successful reelection campaign of his brother, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. Murphy has been a guest commentator on Hardball with Chris Matthews and has appeared on The Ed Show, CNBC, MSNBC, My9, FOX, truTV, NJN, News12 NJ, and other cable and radio outlets. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, and he is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Murphy serves on the board of directors of D.A.R.E. New Jersey and previously served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Public Policy Center of New Jersey, as well as chair of the Garden State Preservation Trust. In addition, he is president of the Richard J. Hughes Foundation and was recently nominated by Governor Christie, and confirmed by the State Senate, to serve as the New Jersey Commissioner to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.


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