VIDEO/PHOTOS: NJ Gov. Murphy Visits The Kosel, Yad Vashem & Meets PM Netanyahu


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Continuing their trip to Israel, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy visited the Kosel, laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

In the Western Wall Tunnels, a memorial ceremony was held for Edward Brown Snyder, the governor’s Jewish father-in-law who passed away this past Friday at the age of 90.

In a statement, Murphy said Snyder had wanted his daughter and son-in-law to proceed with their planned trip to Israel. “With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, we will dedicate our presence in this holy land to his memory”, Murphy said.

About 6 percent of New Jersey’s population is Jewish, second to New York, according to the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. And Israel has been a top trading partner with New Jersey.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Governor Murphy discussed ways to deepen cooperation and encourage continued economic development by focusing on encouraging investments in innovation in Israel and New Jersey.

Gov. Murphy’s visit is being held in the framework of his first commercial mission, which arrived in Israel in order to strengthen economic, commercial and technological ties between the State of Israel and New Jersey. Israel-New Jersey trade is approximately $1 billion per annum.

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