Murphy, Green say they’re teaming up to help struggling Senate president Sweeney

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic strategist Derrick Green said on Thursday that they had signed on as deputy campaign managers for the incoming state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester).

They say that despite one day of public confusion, a plan is not yet complete.

Officials also said that Green’s departure was voluntary and that the decision came quickly after Murphy visited him on Wednesday to discuss a new strategy for the election.

“For nine years, Derrick has championed Democratic victories for working families in New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement. “I’m happy to welcome Derrick and our new team to our team, and am looking forward to working with the staff and hardworking constituents of the 22nd Assembly District to continue to elect candidates in support of economic opportunity, quality schools, and good public transportation.”

A news release from the Gov.’s Office said the staff was chosen because of their political experience and connections, not their strong connections to the governor. The released also did not mention Green.

Sweeney, meanwhile, released a statement expressing “regret that this opportunity has been lost” and said he wished Green and the team “the best.”

A former mayor of Burlington County, Green was the third top adviser to Murphy, who is now the state’s first Black governor. He joined Murphy’s inner circle on May 1.

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