Governor Phil Murphy


New Jersey connects to Ireland this weekend as Garden State Governor Phil Murphy heads east across the Atlantic leading an economic delegation from the State.

Murphy, according to a statement, will lead a four-day economic mission trip to two cities in Ireland. The delegation will visit Dublin and Cork, “two of Ireland’s largest cities and economic powerhouses, both globally renowned for their thriving technology, life sciences, financial services and research sectors”.

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The statement said: “As one of the United States’ largest trading partners, the mission will focus on deepening economic ties between Ireland and New Jersey, promoting investment opportunities in the Garden State and the strengthening of educational and cultural ties between New Jersey and Ireland.”

The mission takes off on Sunday, April 24.

“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 companies looking to grow and to thrive,” Governor Murphy said.

“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 create well-paying jobs for our residents. As an Irish-American, I am proud to visit Ireland and promote New Jersey as the best place in the country for investment and business growth.

“We are honored to have Governor Murphy lead the New Jersey delegation on this historic trade attraction mission to Ireland,” said Wesley Mathews, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey. “Ireland and New Jersey are natural partners, committed to fostering innovation-driven economic growth. Choose New Jersey looks forward to returning to Ireland with a diverse delegation to strengthen our existing relationships and discover new opportunities for collaboration.

Murphy, who has ancestral roots in Cork, is encouraged on his way by New Jersey’s economic boosters.

“Governor Murphy recognizes the importance of Ireland as an economic development partner for New Jersey, particularly based on its equally robust technology and life sciences sectors,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“The Garden State and the Emerald Isle would each bring tremendous value to any potential collaboration, including a highly skilled workforce and reputable academic networks that drive innovative research. I expect this trip to lead to opportunities for entities on both sides of this equation, much like the Governor’s previous trips abroad.

The visit to Ireland was well received by Irish diplomats in the United States

“There is already a strong New Jersey investment base in Ireland, with businesses attracted by our young, highly educated, highly skilled and multilingual workforce; our membership of the European Union; and our stable business environment,” said Irish Ambassador to the United States Dan Mulhall.

“This trade and investment relationship is a two-way street, with Irish businesses in the United States driving innovation and bringing their expertise to a wide range of sectors. Governor Murphy is a proud Irish-American and a great friend of Ireland. His visit will further strengthen the trade, investment and friendship ties between Ireland and New Jersey.

The Consul General of Ireland in New York, Helena Nolan, also sent a good trip.

“I am very happy that Governor Murphy is going to Ireland,” Nolan said.

“More than one million people in New Jersey are of Irish descent, and as Ireland and the United States open up again, we are rolling out the green carpet and welcoming our diaspora and all who have an affinity for Ireland and Irish culture.”

The Murphy-led delegation includes First Lady Tammy Murphy, Choose New Jersey President and CEO Wesley Mathews, New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan, senior government officials and Choose New Jersey officials, as well as d other key leaders representing the state.

“Throughout the trip, the delegation will showcase New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem and highlight why New Jersey is the best place for the international community to do business,” the statement said.

Governor Murphy’s public activities and events will include meetings with key government and industry leaders, including representatives from the technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical and academic sectors, as well as tours of businesses and advertisements.

Over the past five years, the statement added, $285 million has been invested in New Jersey by Irish companies such as Aqua Comms, Kerry Group, Ding, Trane and QUMAS. New Jersey was one of the main destinations in the North East for Irish foreign direct investment during this period.

Murphy made the economic trade mission announcement to Paterson during an Irish flag-raising ceremony in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.