Former U.S. Senator and professional basketball player Bill Bradley ’65 endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy on Monday.
The endorsement comes several months after the New Jersey party primaries took place. The gubernatorial election is set to take place Nov. 7.
On Monday, Bradley joined Murphy and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at the Tigerlabs accelerator and incubator. Later that morning, Murphy and Booker also announced a new workforce development plan. The plan includes free community college within four years and enhanced coding and apprenticeship programs, according to New Jersey 101.5. At Tigerlabs, Murphy and Bradley discussed the need to grow New Jersey's innovation economy.
In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Murphy led his Republican opponent Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by 25 points, cutting across party gender, education, age, and racial groups, according to NJ.com.
In the time after Bradley retired from the Senate, he has been offered several other jobs in government and been discussed as a possible pick for several appointments.
Bradley was recently on campus for an event to celebrate a second donation of Bradley’s own documents to the University as part of the Oral History Project.
Bradley’s career at the University included leading the Tigers to finish third in the 1965 NCAA tournament and being named the 1965 NCAA Player of the Year. He also played on the 1964 U.S. Olympic basketball team, earning gold. Graduating magna cum laude, he took a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford and delay his decision of whether to play in the NBA. He was also the subject of Ferris Professor of Journalism John McPhee’s New Yorker article “A Sense of Where You Are.”
Bradley played for the New York Knicks before running and winning two terms in the U.S. Senate. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination.