As Phil says, he “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day.” They 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 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.
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. Nationally, Phil serves proudly on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization.
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.
As parents and as good neighbors, Phil and Tammy saw our state falling behind. They couldn’t sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead. So they started an effort to get New Jersey moving again – New Way for New Jersey.
Phil’s experience, his values, his understanding that insider politics has failed us and his commitment to building a better New Jersey for everyone have led to a campaign for governor that starts with you.
For Lieutenant Governor
Sheila Oliver will work shoulder to shoulder with Phil Murphy to create an economy that is stronger and fairer for all New Jerseyans. Unlike Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who helped Governor Chris Christie make New Jersey worse over the last eight years, Sheila will be a lieutenant governor who works to get results and get our state back on track. Together, Phil and Sheila have our backs.
As New Jersey’s first African-American woman Assembly Speaker, Sheila has blazed new paths and fought for justice and fairness for every New Jersey family — and she will continue to do so as New Jersey’s lieutenant governor. Just as with Phil, Sheila knows that if we get our economy right, we get New Jersey right.
Sheila is a leader in the battle for increases in the minimum wage, equal pay and making millionaires and corporations pay their fair share. And time after time, Shelia has voted to override Governor Christie’s mean spirited vetoes of Planned Parenthood funding in the Assembly.
For District 25 Legislature
Morris County towns: Boonton, Boonton Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville, Dover, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Mine Hill, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Randolph, Rockaway, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, Wharton
Lisa is an OB/GYN who has lived in Mendham Township for 13 years, with her husband and her two children. She graduated from Brown University, and received her M.D. from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She practiced medicine in Providence, RI, and at Overlook Hospital in Summit. After recovering from a battle with Lyme disease, which solidified her position as a staunch advocate for affordable health care, Lisa is currently semi-retired.
Richard has been a resident of Boonton since 2009. He works for O’Connor Davies, LP a large regional accounting firm as a Senior Manager in the Litigation and Forensic Department. He is a graduate of Monmouth University and is a licensed CPA, holding additional accreditation in business valuation.
Tom Moran has lived in Randolph for 24 years with his wife Leslie. Their three daughters attended the Randolph Public Schools. Tom is a retired IT professional at a fortune 100 company. He has Master’s degrees from Columbia University and Montclair State University. Tom is an active members of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey. UULMNJ is an organization that advocates for social justice in Trenton and around the state based on religious values.
District 27 Legislature
Governor Richard Codey for Senate; Asm. John McKeon & Asm. Mila Jasey for Assembly
Morris County towns: Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Madison
As Governor and as State Senator, Richard Codey set out to make people healthier by transforming medical care in New Jersey. Thanks to his leadership, Stem Cell Research became a priority, mental health services were dramatically improved, smoking was banned in public places, and families without insurance gained access to quality health care for the first time. Richard Codey created college scholarships for students in the top 20 percent of their class, increased the minimum wage, and upgraded New Jersey’s credit rating.
Building on her expertise in education policy issues, Mila Jasey increased the numbers of math and science teachers and supported innovative approaches to improve public education. She is a vocal advocate for full school funding to stop teacher layoffs and a school aid formula that is fair to suburban and urban communities. Mila Jasey mobilized to keep Women’s Health Centers open and preserve New Jersey Family Care. She is pushing to reduce the local tax burden through shared services between municipalities and school districts.
The legislature’s leading environmental advocate, Assemblyman John McKeon saved thousands of acres of open space from over-development, protected the purity of our drinking water, and spearheaded the Greenhouse Gas Initiative to combat global warming. To ensure that seniors, working families and schools are not devastated by the state’s budget crisis, John McKeon is fighting to restore the Millionaire’s Tax, a 1.7% surcharge on every dollar earned over a million dollars.
District 26 Legislature
Elliot Isibor for Senate; Joseph Raich & William Edge for Assembly
Morris County towns: Butler, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, Parsippany, Rockaway Township
The Senate & Assembly ticket of Isibor, Raich & Edge for LD 26th will provide a creative, honest and open approach to the government of New Jersey.
The development of an acceptable quality of life in the 26th Legislative District is dependent upon shared responsibilities of ALL including individuals, businesses, community based organizations, government and religious groups.
District 21 Legislature
Jill LaZare for Senate; Bruce Bergen & Lacey Rzeszowski for Assembly
Morris County towns: Chatham Borough, Long Hill
Jill LaZare is running to bring that hard work and cooperative spirit to the New Jersey State Senate. She will be a voice for the thousands of middle class families ignored by Chris Christie and Republican leaders. Over the past years, we have seen Trenton transform itself to become a champion for the wealthy and corporate special interests. We have gone from creating jobs to record high unemployment. From middle class tax cuts to carving special interest tax loopholes. We’ve gone from a state that placed the health and safety of our residents first and foremost to a state where environmental safety regulations have been repealed and common sense gun control is lost to legislators’ captive of the NRA. We’ve gone from New Jersey First to a scandal-plagued Governor more concerned about the voters of Iowa and Republican leadership in Trenton that is too timid and complicit to stand-up for what’s right.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Lacey Rzeszowski lives in Summit. She attended NYU with help from a merit scholarship, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science. She is a community leader and coalition builder. Over the past fourteen years she has spearheaded initiatives to serve people in need, protect the environment, promote arts education, and prevent gun violence. She is a proponent of women's health access. An active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and she and her husband Ed are the proud parents of three sons.
Bruce H. Bergen served his first term as Chairman of the Freeholder Board in 2016, and was appointed to a second term as Chairman for 2017. As Chairman in 2016, he oversaw wide ranging improvements in transportation and economic development, services for seniors and Veterans; education; and parks and environmental programs. This year, Bergen announced “Connecting our Community” initiatives that include new job training and educational opportunities for our youth, social service programs, arts and history offerings, new parks improvements and events, and new environmental programs. Additionally, Bergen supports the efforts of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to broaden direct rail service and works with the Mayors’ Committee to remediate flooding along the Rahway River.
District 40 Legislature
Thomas Duch for Senate; Paul Vagianos & Christine Ordway for Assembly
Morris County towns: Pequannock, Riverdale
Thomas J Duch is a New Jersey attorney and is currently the Chief Executive and Administrative Official of the City of Garfield. In 1980 at the age of 23, he was elected Mayor of Garfield serving two terms. During his tenure he created a new 20-acre park, which today, is still the centerpiece of recreational opportunity in that City. He also established and constructed a new childcare and development center to serve preschool students and a $9 Million, 120 unit, Senior Citizen Housing Facility, funded completely by Grants. He was responsible for the reconstruction of all major intersections and new traffic control devices funded by Grant of $3.5 Million.
Paul Vagianos is the son of a Turkish refugee who first made his way to Greece, then to the United States to find the American Dream. His father began by first working in, then establishing and owning numerous restaurants, employing hundreds of people. Paul started his first company as a teenager and quickly learned the importance of hard work. Paul maintained his business throughout college and law school. He attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at Seton Hall Law School.
Chris graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in accounting and earned an MBA in Finance from Pace University. She worked as an auditor for Ernst and Young to ensure that they were fiscally sound and in compliance. In addition, she has years of experience in auditing, accounting and analysis for many brand name companies such as PepsiCo, Prudential Real Estate, American Cyanamid and Quest Diagnostics. Christine later became a recruiter for financial and technology professionals. As a strong proponent of Public School Education, she chose to become a teacher for several years here in NJ; she has experienced both the rewards and challenges all of our educators face.
District 24 Legislature
Jennifer Hamilton for Senate; Kate Matteson & Gina Trish for Assembly
Morris County towns: Mount Olive
Jennifer believes that a strong economy is the foundation for this. We need to increase job opportunities, improve our infrastructure and reduce property taxes. Opening up public transportation routes into our communities will also increase and strengthen our local economy. Future home buyers will have access into our communities and our small businesses in LD 24, something that makes our community so special and unique, will thrive. Too often we see these businesses closed and shuttered, when we should be seeing them open and booming. When we have a strong economy, we can afford to increase funding in areas such as education, healthcare and the arts, all which are near and dear to Jennifer’s heart.
Gina is a Professor of Design and Art History at Centenary University and is an independent design professional working with clients in various sectors from education and financial to robotics. She is an outdoors enthusiast and can often be found hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing on the Delaware River with her family and running and biking the Paulinskill trail. She has also served as an advocate and event director for the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ after losing her sister to epilepsy in 2006. Gina and her husband, Tyson (a teacher and photojournalist), have two children and have been homeowners in Warren County for over 14 years.
Kate is a lifelong resident of Sussex County. She chose to raise her family in this area because she wanted a casual environment that upholds family values, love of nature, along with the amenities of a variety of industries close to home. Kate’s experience in executive search enables her to see how valuing the people of our workforce effects the overall success of a business or corporation. Her legal training has given her the ability to analyze and write on complex issues. This experience, as well as her history and knowledge of the region, will make her an effective legislator in Trenton. She has a degree from USC and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s ABA accredited Paralegal Studies Program. She currently lives in Sparta with her husband Jim, a physician, and their four daughters. She is an avid horseback rider and nature lover. On weekends you will find her on the trails or camping, enjoying all life has to offer in the most beautiful part of New Jersey!