South Jersey Dems say Christie cared more about Camden than Murphy

Mike Dougherty
May 09, 2019 - 3:24 pm
Chris Christie and Phil Murphy

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The back and forth between Camden County elected officials and Gov. Phil Murphy continues, as the Democrats say Republican Chris Christie did more for Camden than the current governor is doing. 

In Camden County, there's a belief that Murphy suffers from "geographic bias" and is more committed to helping North Jersey cities.

Freeholder Lou Cappelli said the partnership with the previous administration was excellent, and he never anticipated having problems with Murphy.

"Gov. Christie worked in a bipartisan fashion to instill development in Camden City and also to make Camden City a safer place," he said.

The dispute stems from an audit of tax breaks given to promote economic progress in cities.

"He singled out Camden City, and we do not believe that it's fair," he added. "It is actually, potentially, going to have a chilling effect on the progress being made there."


At an event in Newark this week, Murphy said his job is to track where money is going, and that it's being used for the right reasons.

"I'm going to say when all is said and done, no administration will have done more for Camden than this administration," said Murphy.

Murphy noted he's all in for Camden and would like to focus on common ground to pursue in the future.