Gubernatorial frontrunner Phil Murphy hosting Town Hall event in North Bergen

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Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Phil Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, makes his first public appearance in Hudson County next week when he hosts a Town Hall meeting at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen. Phil Murphy

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

His latest Town Hall meeting, which Murphy has been hosting throughout the state in locations such as Asbury Park, Hackensack, Woodcliff Lake and Edison since September, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a flyer forwarded to Hudson County View.

Hudson County was where Murphy’s campaign skyrocketed to epic proportions, specifically in Jersey City, where Mayor Steven Fulop unexpectedly endorsed Murphy for governor in favor of seeking re-election back in September.

Since then, Murphy has notched the endorsement of just about every local Democratic party in the state, including the Hudson County Democratic Organization.

Furthermore, the former Goldman Sachs executive has solidified key relationships with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, North Bergen Mayor/state Senator Nick Sacco (both D-32) and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

A source close to Sacco confirmed that he and other members of his administration will be present at Tuesday evening’s event at Schuetzen Park. Sacco has already referred to Murphy as “our next governor.”

Despite expected candidates such as Fulop and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) deciding not to run for governor, Murphy will still face opposition in the June Democratic primary.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) announced in November that he will challenge Murphy for the nomination, while veteran state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) could potentially be announcing his candidacy next week (h/t Politico).

In recent months, Lesniak has gone back-and-forth on whether or not he would seek re-election in the Senate, run for governor or retire, but after stepping away from the law firm he co-founded, it appears he is poised to seek the state’s highest elected office.