Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest LGBT advocacy group, has endorsed Phil Murphy for governor of New Jersey. Murphy, a former Ambassador to Germany, is running on the Democratic ticket in November, after decisively winning the June 6 primary.
“The choice for our community could not be clearer,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of GSE. “In a time when the ACA is at risk of being repealed; in a time when the White House refuses to acknowledge our community and continues to put viciously anti-LGBT people in leadership positions; in a time when Trans folks are denied basic dignity and respect from our state government, it is time for a governor who has our back, and his name is Phil Murphy.”
About 100 people gathered on the boardwalk in Asbury Park for the announcement just outside of Convention Hall. The endorsement was expected as Democrat Phil Murphy has been courting GSE for its endorsement for many months.
Murphy spoke at the rally on the Boardwalk. “We know New Jersey is stronger when we work together as one community, committed to ensuring every member of society can not only be successful, but live secure in who they are,” said Murphy. “The fight for equality didn’t end two years ago when the right for every citizen to marry who they loved was confirmed. We cannot stop until every New Jerseyan has full and unfettered equality and can live free of hatred and intolerance. No one should ever be marginalized based on orientation or identity. I look forward to working with Garden State Equality to creating that better future.”