Red Bank Council President Art Murphy told MoreMonmouthMusingsthat he will resign from the borough council and he will not stand for reelection in November. He expects to submit his resignation by Wednesday of next week.
“Yes, I am stepping down,” Murphy said when asked if he was resigning, “this has been in the works for a while. They’re (the Red Bank Democrats) are looking for my replacement. I have a lot going on with my business.”
Murphy said that his exit from the Red Bank governing body had been in the works since December and that he only stayed on the council this year because Mayor Pat Menna was sidelined with surgery. He submitted his name for reelection, he said, in order to give the Democratic organization time to find his replacement. “Pat is doing well now. It is a good time for me to step down.”
Murphy did not mention the profanity laced video of him that was posted earlier this week as a factor in his resignation.
Councilman Ed Zipprich, the Red Bank Democratic Chairman, was not available for comment on Murphy’s pending resignation.
The Red Bank Republicans were magnanimous in their reaction. Chairman Sean DiSomma and Mike Whelan, a GOP candidate for council who would have faced Murphy in November had he remained a candidate, issued the following statement via the Red Bank Republican Party facebook page:
“Art Murphy is an American Hero. He served four years in the military, another twelve in Red Bank and is a family man who works hard to earn a living for his family. A lifelong Red Banker, he embodies the American Dream. He has worked hard, played by the rules and given back to his community. We have had extremely strong disagreements with Art on policy issues and likely always will. We take no joy in what happened to Art over the last few days nor do we think it was a strong consideration for him in resigning. Our understanding is that he has professional and family obligations with soon to be college aged children and his focus needed to be elsewhere. Councilman Murphy is a great guy and we are sure we will not have heard the last of him and we are positive that he will continue to serve Red Bank.”