By Matt Arco and Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 20, 2017 at 7:05 AM, updated March 20, 2017 at 11:26 AM
TRENTON — Phil Murphy, the early Democratic favorite in this year’s race for New Jersey governor, has donated at least $1.15 million to state and local Democratic organizations and candidates since 2001, according to an NJ Advance Media analysis of campaign finance records.
More than 40 percent of that money — about $466,000 — was shelled out over the past three years, a period during which Murphy, a millionaire former Goldman Sachs banking executive, took steps toward launching his campaign to succeed Republican Chris Christie as governor.
The donations came from Murphy, his wife Tammy, jointly from the couple, or from his gubernatorial campaign, according to the analysis, the most in-depth look so far at how much Murphy has given to in-state causes.