John J. Murphy

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

Currently, he serves as a commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Elections. The staff of the Board of Elections oversees elections and hires/trains poll workers.[1]

Political career[edit]

He served five three year terms on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1998 to 2012. He served two terms as Freeholder Director and over his tenure was the board's liaison to the Department of Administration and Finance, Department of Economic Development, Department of Law and Public Safety, and Department of Human Services.[2]

He also served five years on the Morris Township governing body from 1994 to 1998. He was Mayor of Morris Township in both 1996 and 1997.[2]

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 elected auditor general. He planned to decrease waste and fraud in state government. Murphy's campaign touched on bringing three basic ideas back to state government—accountability, accessibility, and honesty.[3] 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%.[4] Murphy won Morris County and was competitive in other counties.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In July 2017, John was selected as the Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick's Day parade, the largest family oriented St. Patrick's Day Parade in all of New Jersey. The parade will be held in Morristown on March 10, 2018.[5]

He was honored in 2015 by the Boys Scouts of America at their 20th Annual Morris Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner. He was recognized for outstanding community service and leadership within the Morris County community.[6]

He has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the first annual Alex DeCroce Leadership Award in 2012.[7]

MCEDC (Morris County Economic Development Corporation) honored John Murphy for his contribution to economic development in Morris County with the 2011 Economic Development Leadership Award.[8][9]

Additionally, he was the recipient of Morris County of Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Morris Award in 2006.[10]

As a Freeholder, he spearheaded the county acquisition of 300 acres of surplus Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital property from the State of New Jersey. The Greystone acquisition gave the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County the space and ability to build a larger facility that includes 3,200 square feet of warehouse space, refrigerators, freezers, counseling, and interview rooms. Freeholder Murphy stated that, "This project is a great example of how government and private charities like the Interfaith Food Pantry can work together to help meet the very basic needs of our constituents.".[11]

Community Hope honored John Murphy in 2006 for his leadership and commitment to serving disabled residents. Their Residential and Day Treatment Program on the Greystone property expanded from serving ten individuals to serving twenty five people who are recovering from mental illnesses and transitioning out of psychiatric hospitals.[12]

He was also the recipient of the Morris Tomorrow Schaeberle Leadership Award. This award recognizes outstanding leadership by individuals and organizations for having a valuable and positive impact on the long-term quality of life in Morris County.[13]

He was presented with a plaque from the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) as a thank you for his many years as a supporter of the MHAMC and human services in Morris County.[14]


Murphy is currently a partner with the Private Advisor Group, a financial planning and investment firm. They are headquartered in Morristown, NJ.[15]

Personal life and charity work[edit]

He and his wife Jennifer have four children. They live in Morris Township.[2]

He is an active member of the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Department and served as the department's volunteer chief in 1990 and 1991. In 2015, Murphy and two other Morris Township firefighters were awarded the department's Medal of Honor for rescuing a woman from a burning building. In 1996, he received a commendation for the rescue of a student trapped in a dormitory fire at The Rabbinical College of America.

He served as a head football coach for the Morristown Wildcats for many years and his 6th grade team won the "Super Bowl" of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League in 2014.[16][17]


  1. [1], "State of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie", December 6, 2016. Accessed January 11, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John J. Murphy Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine, Morris County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed January 19, 2008.
  3. Holl, John "BRIEFINGS: POLITICS; ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CONTENDER", The New York Times, January 30, 2005. Accessed January 19, 2008.
  4. Benson, Josh. "NEWS AND TOPICS; Divided and Conquered", The New York Times, June 12, 2005. Accessed January 19, 2008.
  5. Coughlin, Kevin "From Little Dublin to Grand Marshal: John Murphy to lead 2018 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade". "", July 14, 2017. Accessed July 27th 2017.
  6. Foy, Sean "Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 20th Annual Morris Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner". "Patch.Com", April 9, 2015. Accessed January 11th 2017.
  7. Zaremba, Justin "Gov. Christie picks former Morris County rival for leadership award", "", October 03, 2012. Accessed November 17th 2016.
  8. [2], "Morris County Chamber of Commerce". Accessed January 11th 2016.
  9. "Morris County expects employment, business growth in near future", "", March 21st, 2010. Accessed January 11th 2017.
  10. "Leadership Morris", "Morris County Chamber of Commerce".Accessed November 21st 2016.
  11. "Freeholder Board’s Action to Result in New Facility for Food Pantry", "", September 8th 2010. Accessed January 11th 2016.
  12. [3] "Community Hope to Honor AstraZeneca CEO Tony Zook and Morris County Freeholder John J. Murphy at October 30th Gala" "" October 20, 2006. Accessed November 17th 2016.
  13. "21st Annual Morris Tomorrow Awards Breakfast" "" Accessed January 11th 2017.
  14. "Mind and Matters" "" Accessed January 11th 2017.
  15. [4] "" Accessed January 11th 2017.
  16. "Morristown Wildcats take youth football 'Super Bowl'" "" December 12th, 2014. Accessed January 11th 2017.
  17. "Morristown Wildcats practice like pros" "" October 13th 2015. Accessed January 11 2017.

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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

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