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N.J.’s Murphy Goes National in Money Hunt for Trump Takedown

Oct. 10, 2019, 10:14 AM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is betting his fundraising prowess will propel a national Democratic rebuke to President Donald Trump in 2020.

Murphy will become chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in January, when his party is counting on superstar fundraisers to boot Trump, wrest U.S. Senate control from the Republicans, make gains in the House of Representatives and retain or flip 11 state-level chief executive offices up for election.

Democratic governors haven’t dominated nationally since 2010. The Republican advantage, though, is narrowing: The party has just a four-seat majority; after the 2016 election, it held more than double the...

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