John J. Murphy

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John J. Murphy (born 1959) is an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey.

As of 12/31/12, he is currently in his fifth 3-year term on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He served two terms as Freeholder Director and is currently liaison to the Department of Administration and Finance and the Department of Economic Development. He is a former liaison to the Department of Law and Public Safety.[1]

Murphy is currently a partner with the Morristown Financial Group, a financial planning and investment firm. He joined the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Department where he still serves as an active firefighter. He served as the department's volunteer chief in 1990 and 1991.

He served two terms on the Morris Township Committee, from 1994 to 1998, and was Mayor of Morris Township in both 1996 and 1997.[1]

In January 2005, Murphy announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2005 race for Governor of New Jersey, with plans to advocate for an elected attorney general and an auditor general who would also be elected.[2] Murphy finished third in balloting for the Republican nomination, with 14% of the vote, behind Doug Forrester who won the Republican nomination with a plurality of 36%, and Bret Schundler, who received 31%.[3] Murphy won Morris County and was competitive in other counties.[clarification needed]

He and his wife Jennifer have four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c John J. Murphy, Morris County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed January 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Holl, John. "BRIEFINGS: POLITICS; ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CONTENDER", The New York Times, January 30, 2005. Accessed January 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Benson, Josh. "NEWS AND TOPICS; Divided and Conquered", The New York Times, June 12, 2005. Accessed January 19, 2008.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Douglas Cabana
Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Morris County, New Jersey
2002 and 2003
Succeeded by
Jack Schrier