Phil Murphy was sworn in as governor of New Jersey on January 16, 2018. Murphy previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2009-2013.
Nationally, Murphy served as New Jersey’s sole representative on the board of the NAACP. He has also served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and has led national and state task forces on education and public employee pensions and benefits.
Murphy and his wife, Tammy, founded New Start New Jersey as a “think and do” organization to rebuild the state’s economy from the middle class out — New Start New Jersey partnered with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which helps older, long-term unemployed residents once again actively compete for good jobs.
Murphy attended Harvard University and earned a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Murphy and Tammy are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.
Tammy Snyder Murphy became the first lady of New Jersey when her husband, Governor Phil Murphy, was sworn in as governor on January 16, 2018.
The first lady’s upbringing, career, and worldview have been consistently shaped and defined by family, education, service, and leadership. Mrs. Murphy has worked with nonprofit and other organizations focused on the environment, education, health care, youth and family services, as well as the arts and trans-Atlantic relations. She also has worked in finance both at home and in Europe, and she partnered with her husband in representing the United States during his appointment as U.S Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, from 2009-2013.
Upon returning home, the first lady and Governor Murphy founded New Start New Jersey, an organization aimed at exploring ways to help grow the middle class and jumpstart the state’s economy.
Mrs. Murphy earned a B.A. degree in English and communications from the University of Virginia and currently sits on the university’s Board of Visitors. She also serves as secretary and is a charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund.
The Murphys have been married for 23 years and have four children: Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.
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