Sweeney has been Christie's chief negotiating partner in the Legislature, brokering several budget deals and cooperating on major legislation to merge some state universities and raise health care and pension costs for public workers.
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is not running for governor.
Murphy, a former US ambassador to Germany under President Obama and a 23-year veteran of Goldman Sachs, has been working methodically to secure the Democratic nomination for two years, courting local and county officials across New Jersey and cutting checks to bolster their campaigns.
In a statement released Thursday, Sweeney said he will not seek the Democratic nomination in 2017, citing the significant support already committed to Monmouth County Democrat Phil Murphy.
On Wednesday, he was endorsed by former Governor Richard Codey, 69, and Thursday in Hackensack picked up support from more party leaders, including heads of county committees, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, 56, from Secaucus, and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, 81, from Teaneck.
Lesniak says fellow-Democrat Steve Sweeney's decision not to run for governor had an impact on his decision.
Sweeney, who made no secret of his gubernatorial ambitions over the last couple of years, will seek re-election to his senate seat.
Essex County Freeholder Cynthia Toro said "the next governor must restore New Jersey's economy by strengthening the middle class while uplifting the urban communities".
Murphy's wealth and strong support in northern New Jersey would make it hard for Sweeney, who is vice president of the International Association of Iron Workers and lives in West Deptford, to carry his party's nomination.
Murphy formally announced his candidacy in May and loaned his campaign $10 million, establishing himself as a formidable threat.
On the Republican side, state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) announced last week he is running as a Republican for governor.
"Phil Murphy is just plying everyone with tons of money", Lesniak said by telephone.
Cunningham said Phil Murphy has a laser focus on two issues close to her heart, curbing gun violence and making college affordable.
The New Jersey governor's election is November 7, 2017. "He's a man who understands party politics".
Derek Roseman, a spokesman for Murphy, said that at town-hall meetings and other campaign events, no one brings up Murphy's similarity to Corzine.
The White House called the override the "single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done" in decades. Despite an expectation that Congress would override, the White House made a last-ditch attempt to fight it.
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That's an art Apple mastered over the past 15 years as it turned out finely crafted iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macs. Right now, we only know about United States availability. "This is more like Apple's way of doing things".
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He was expected to emphasize the need for Democrats in Florida to make sure they're registered to vote ahead of Election Day. Trump has not said whether he has paid federal income taxes in recent years and has refused to release his tax returns.
Nearly immediately after Monday's presidential debate, Donald Trump complained he was saddled with a "defective mic". You know, I have my past, of course everybody has a past. "That makes me smart", Trump interjected.
Nikki Haley says she now plans to order evacuations of Georgetown and Horry counties at noon Thursday ahead of Hurricane Matthew. The process to reverse eastbound lanes to make them westbound along sections of I-26 in SC began Wednesday, WCSC reported .
The agreement required 55 countries representing 55% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions to join before taking effect. The Paris Agreement will take force just before the US presidential election on November 8.
The Apprentice: Michelle gets trashed by Lord Sugar
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Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street
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Plane evacuated after smoke from Samsung device
There were at least 17 instances in which batteries smoked or caught fire on US airlines or air-cargo haulers in 2015. Another three cases occurred this year through January 15, the most recent date for which data was collected.
Galaxy Note 7 ignores 'No Smoking' signs on plane
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Rooney remains England captain under Southgate
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Theranos to close all clinical labs, lay off 340
We contacted Theranos for more detail but a representative declined to comment beyond what Holmes wrote in the post. Holmes from owning or operating any lab for two years, throwing the future of the Arizona lab into doubt.