Chalk up another Democratic operative for Phil Murphy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany who’s positioning himself to run for the governor in 2017.
The Auditor has learned that Murphy has hired the firm recently founded by Brendan Gill, which he founded after working in the offices and political campaigns of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his successor, U.S. Sen.Cory Booker.
Gill, who also serves as an Essex County freeholder, confirmed that he’ll be working for Murphy and a non profit he recently founded.
“I’m going to be doing some strategic and general consulting and outreach,” Gill said.
Murphy — who a fortune as a Goldman Sachs executive and is a top donor to national Democrats — launched the non-profit “New Start New Jersey” in November with the stated aim of boosting the state’s economy. But the group is widely read as a vehicle to boost Murphy’s profile and shape his message in advance of a gubernatorial run. And Murphy has been making five-figure donations to county Democratic organizations around the state.
Already, the non-profit employs Democratic strategist Julie Roginskyand message men Brad Lawrence and Steve DeMicco — all mainstays of statewide campaigns.