Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her return to the campaign trail Sunday in New Jersey, serving as the guest of honor for Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s Democrat candidate for governor.
The New York Times reported the closed-door fundraiser was Clinton’s first campaign event since her defeat in last year’s election.
Wealthy donors seeking a photo with Clinton at the fundraiser were asked to shell out $4,300, according to an invitation obtained by NJ Advance Media.
New Jersy Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican candidate for governor, questioned why Murphy is shielding Clinton from the press.
“We’ve called on Phil Murphy to release a full transcript of Hillary Clinton’s speech given behind closed doors to high dollar donors. What’s he hiding?” a spokesman for Guadagno’s campaign said in a statement.
Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany, has a significant polling lead in the lead-up to the Nov. 7 election, with 47.7 percent support compared to Guadagno’s 32.5 percent support, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average.
Murphy has received support from the nation’s top Democrats, who view his election for governor as their best chance to preserve former President Barack Obama’s policies at the state level.
Obama threw his support behind Murphy Thursday in his first appearance on the campaign trail after leaving office. He told supporters that vote for Murphy would show the world New Jersey rejects the “politics of division” gripping the nation.
“The world counts on America having its act together,” Obama said, as reported by NJ Advance Media. “The world looks to us for an example.”
“And just as the world is looking to us, in 19 days the world is going to be looking to New Jersey,” he continued. “In 19 days, the world is going to look to see what kind of politics we believe in.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Murphy earlier in October, telling supporters Murphy would uphold the tenets of the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw in August.
“Here’s the deal, that mandate is going to fall on the governors,” Biden told supporters. “You saw when he walked out of the Paris accord. It was the governors led by Jerry Brown and others — it was the mayors who said we are not going to go back.”
Former Vice President Al Gore echoed Biden’s sentiment during his stump speech for Murphy in October.
“If you want to create the jobs of the future, if you want a governor and a first lady who really get it and who care about clean water and clean air, and cleaning up the climate and provide the jobs in the process, this is a very, very clear choice,” Gore said.
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