GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Among the crowd watching the Eagles game at JD’s Pub & Grille Saturday night was incoming first lady Tammy Murphy, who stopped by to introduce herself to people ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration.
Murphy, the wife of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, arrived in Galloway with two of her sons, Josh and Sam, after a day of traveling the state on a transportation tour highlighting mass transit access and infrastructure.
The family started out together in Hoboken and split up for the rest of the day, taking different paths down the state ahead of Phil Murphy’s inauguration. The stop at the Smithville Town Center pub on New York Road ended the family’s itinerary for the day.
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“Every time I get the chance to go out and meet people, it’s good. You then really understand what’s going on,” Tammy Murphy said Saturday. “It’s been a really good day.”
Murphy chatted with Galloway council members, elected officials and members of the public at the restaurant.
Before arriving in Galloway, the three family members were scheduled to be in Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Red Bank and Bay Head. They took trains for most of the day, although a fire in Newark and delays got in the way.
“We think that there are big problems with infrastructure, and we need to highlight that,” Murphy said. “The state is in a really bad place. ... We want to work to help everybody.”
Galloway Councilman Jim Gorman said the visit was good for the township and Atlantic County, perhaps setting the tone of working together during Gov.-elect Murphy’s term.
Michael Suleiman, chairman of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee, hosted the visit and said he’s hopeful for more cooperation and economic development between the state and the county, specifically to benefit Atlantic City.
“There’s a lot of excitement for the inauguration,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of work. There’s a lot of issues.”
JD’s owner Todd Storr said the restaurant was happy to welcome the family to the pub.
“We think it’s great that somebody that has direct access to the governor is coming into Galloway and South Jersey,” he said.
On Sunday, Phil Murphy and his family will be in Wildwood for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.