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NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy suspends her U.S. Senate campaign

NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy
NJ Governor's Office
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy says she's withdrawn from the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. She made the announcement in a video posted to social media on Sunday.

"After many busy, invigorating and, yes, challenging months, I am suspending my Senate campaign today."

The move likely paves the way for Democratic Rep. Andy Kim to secure the nomination. Murphy did not endorse Kim in the three-minute video.

“I’ve been genuine and factual throughout,” she continued. “But it is clear to me that continuing in this race will involve waging a very divisive and negative campaign, which I am not willing to do.” Murphy stressed in the video she wants to united the Democratic party in New Jersey.

“I’m making this decision because this campaign has never been about me. And right now, I know the best thing we can do for New Jersey is to unite and focus on the real issues at hand.”

Tammy Murphy and Andy Kim both launched their campaigns for Senate in the fall, seeking to replace Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who along with his wife faces federal charges for allegedly obstructing justice and taking bribes.

Earlier in the week, Senator Menendez announced he would not run for re-election as a Democrat, but would run as an Independent if cleared of the charges against him.

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