Murphy picks former Sherrill campaign chief to lead reelection effort

Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2021 reelection campaign has named Mollie Binotto, who ran U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s successful 2018 congressional campaign, as its campaign manager, Murphy announced Monday.

Binotto currently serves as Western federal and gubernatorial director at Emily’s List, an organization that seeks to elect pro-choice, Democratic women to national, state and local offices.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Mollie as campaign manager of our reelection campaign,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “Mollie is a veteran of local, state and national campaigns, with two cycles of New Jersey political experience, and I know she brings the right mix of experience, skills and vision to the role.”

The 2021 Murphy for Governor reelection effort seeks to make Murphy the first Democratic governor of New Jersey to win reelection since Gov. Brendan Byrne won a second, four-year term in 1977.

“Over the past three years, we’ve worked hard to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey and move our state forward,” Murphy said. “I know Mollie has the determination and drive to lead a successful reelection effort and help (Lt. Gov.) Sheila (Oliver) and I continue our important work into a second term.”

In New Jersey, before helping Sherrill win a seat in a district that had been a Republican stronghold, Binotto served as campaign manager for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s 2013 reelection effort. She also worked on campaigns in Alaska in 2014, Virginia in 2015 and Maryland and Iowa in 2016, among other roles.

“Mollie Binotto is one of the brightest political talents in the United States,” Sherill said in a statement. “She understands what it takes to build a winning coalition that inspires and unites. I couldn’t be more thrilled that she is coming back to Jersey and taking the helm of the governor’s reelect.”

Binotto will start with the Murphy campaign on Jan. 15.

“I’m honored and excited to serve as campaign manager for Gov. Murphy’s reelection campaign,” she said in a statement. “From passing a millionaire’s tax to increasing funding for our public schools to expanding paid family leave, Gov. Murphy and Lt. Gov. Oliver have kept their promise of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family. I look forward to helping them continue their important work in a second term by building a diverse, inclusive and victorious campaign that reaches out to voters all across New Jersey.”