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Phil Murphy
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56th Governor of New Jersey
Assumed office
January 16, 2018
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver
Preceded by Chris Christie
United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
September 3, 2009 – August 26, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by William R. Timken
Succeeded by John B. Emerson
Personal details
Philip Dunton Murphy

(1957-08-16) August 16, 1957 (age 64)
Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tammy Snyder
Children 4
Education Harvard University (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)

Philip Dunton Murphy (born August 16, 1957) is an American financier, diplomat, former Goldman Sachs executive and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is the 56th and current Governor of New Jersey upon winning the 2017 gubernatorial election and being sworn-in on January 16, 2018. Murphy was the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013 serving during the Barack Obama presidency.

Early life

Murphy was born in Needham, Massachusetts. He was raised in both Needham and nearby Newton, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ambassador to Germany (2009–2013)

Murphy served as United States Ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama from 2009–2013.

His formal nomination to the position was made by President Barack Obama on July 9, 2009. It was then confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 2009. Murphy promoted American trade and focused on engaging Germany’s youth through town hall meetings, exchange programs, and social media communication.

On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Murphy was stepping down from the ambassadorship. He formally left the position on August 26, 2013.


Murphy was a Goldman Sachs executive. At the time of his pre-political career, his net worth top $50 million, or if similar to others there, a good deal more.

Governship (since 2018)

2017 gubernatorial election

Murphy was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election. He faced Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the general election. He won the election on November 7, 2017.

Personal life

Murphy moved to Middletown Township, New Jersey in 2000. He is married to Tammy Snyder and they have four children.

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