CORK – Now, on the third and final day of his economic development-focused trip through Ireland, Governor Phil Murphy has dismissed speculation that he may be considering running for the presidency or a role in the US cabinet, although that he hasn’t explicitly ruled anything out.
“I look at nothing but leading New Jersey, which I am honored to do,” Murphy said today on the train from Dublin to Cork, where he is hosting a number of roundtables and meetings to close his Irish visit.
Murphy was narrowly reelected to a second term as governor last year, and New Jersey term limits will prevent him from running for a third in 2025. A former US ambassador to Germany who previously ran offices in Frankfurt and Hong Kong at Goldman Sachs, Murphy emphasized throughout his Irish visit how much he enjoys touting New Jersey’s international virtues and mindset around the world.
“New Jersey is a truly international state, and it’s a good game with trips like this,” Murphy said. “I love doing [trips]I love being an ambassador – but my nose is completely pressed against the glass of Jersey.
His trip to Ireland is the fourth international visit of his career as governor, following trips to Israel, Germany and Ireland during his first term. On each, the governor drew inspiration from his background in the private and public sectors, attending cultural, diplomatic and economic events.
Although President Joe Biden, an ally and friend of Murphy, has said he plans to run for re-election in 2024, that hasn’t stopped many from wondering if he might eventually step down, creating a wide-open Democratic primary to succeed him. And if Biden runs again and wins, he could seek new cabinet members in high-profile diplomatic and financial roles.
If Murphy ever shows up, he’d join a strong team of New Jerseyans — Sen. Cory Booker, former Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Bill Bradley — who have recently made bids for the top job in the countries, although their backgrounds are not. necessarily inspire confidence. New Jersey in total sent only two of its own to the White House: Woodrow Wilson, former governor and president of Princeton University, and Grover Cleveland, born in Caldwell but having made his political ascent in New York.
When asked if he would close the door on any potential political future, Murphy hesitated.
“It is what it is,” he said. Jersey, Jersey, Jersey.