New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy backs expanding Ireland-US trade ties

A top US governor and close ally of President Joe Biden has said there are exciting future opportunities for the development of trade between Ireland and the US.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy made the comments saying Ireland and the east coast state can mutually benefit from expanding strategic economic areas including technology and life sciences.

Mr Murphy – who is a former investment banker – last year became the first Democratic candidate in more than four decades to win two terms as governor of New Jersey.

Deeply proud of his Irish-American heritage, he now leads a trade mission to strengthen trade ties between Ireland and New Jersey.

He was given a civic reception at Cork Town Hall, alongside his wife Tammy, by the Mayor of Cork, Councilor Colm Kelleher.

The Governor was presented with a special Murphy family crest by Mr Kelleher to recognize his family’s ancestral ties to Cork.

Mr Murphy said New Jersey and Ireland can benefit from mutually beneficial trade ties as the world recovers from the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

American companies such as Intel, Apple, Pfizer, Ford and Stryker have played a leading role over the years in the development of the economy in Cork and the South West.

“It’s a busy day – for us Irish-Americans, there’s always a sense of homecoming that comes from recognizing that this is where your family history is rooted,” said Mr Murphy.

“As Ireland continues to position itself as a global leader in key areas such as technology and life sciences, we want to ensure that New Jersey is the first choice for (Irish) companies looking to grow and prosper.

“New Jersey’s innovation economy is thriving and ripe for investment, and I’m excited to demonstrate that our state is the best place for economic growth.

“By deepening our cultural and economic ties with Ireland, we have the opportunity to grow our economy and generate well-paying jobs for our residents,” he added.

“As an Irish-American, I’m proud to visit Ireland and showcase New Jersey as the best place in the country for investment and business growth.”

The governor has a particular interest in clean energy technologies, particularly offshore wind power generation.

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