Murphy encourages participation in National Day of Service on MLK Day

Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy said they will participate in a National Day of Service on Monday at CUMAC, a food pantry in Paterson, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Murphy, in an op-ed appearing in the USA Today Network on Sunday, said he hopes their efforts spur others and help the community.

“By supporting our neighbors — whether they’re suffering from the impact of COVID-19, the mental health struggles or economic strife the pandemic has exacerbated — we will be part of strengthening the next chapter in our nation’s history by coming together as one people in service,” he wrote.

Murphy wrote that he believes President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will do more to promote volunteerism.

“In a few days — at a time when the country seems more divided than ever — we will welcome new leaders from whom we will demand real results,” he wrote. “Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have proven they can deliver.

“They’re committed to uniting our country to achieve those results because they know that, together, there’s nothing Americans haven’t been able to achieve. It’s their unwavering commitment to unifying and healing the country that gives me hope.”

Murphy, however, said it’s up to everyone to step up.

“While the Biden-Harris administration will foster a vision of a better tomorrow for all Americans, it is up to each of us to pitch in where we can,” he wrote.