Gun control group endorses Dem in NJ gubernatorial race
By Chris Eger
Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s Democrat candidate for governor in the upcoming November election, wants gun taxes and registration in addition to vowing to sign every gun control bill Chris Christie vetoed. (Photo: Republican Governors Association)
National gun control advocates are going to bat for Phil Murphy, who wants to replace Gov. Chris Christie and get “tough on gun violence.”
Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, embraced Murphy in a strong endorsement issued Thursday.
“New Jersey’s next governor will have an important role in combatting gun violence and advancing solutions to make communities safer and we believe Phil is best qualified to take on that important challenge,” said Kelly. “Phil Murphy understands the importance of protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners and keeping guns out of the hands of violent felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people.”
Murphy, who retired from a 23-year career at Goldman Sachs before moving on to high-ranking positions in the Democrat party and a stint as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany, won the Democratic primary in June and has chipped in over $15 million to help fund his campaign.
One of the bedrock issues on Murphy’s platform