NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is publicly reacting to his wife's announcement that she'll be seeking a New Jersey Senate seat.
Murphy says his wife, Tammy, won't be riding his coattails in her race. The governor is already trying to line up Democrats behind his wife.
"I've never been around someone who works harder than she does," Murphy said. "She's going to go to every corner of this state and meet with anyone who will meet with her."
Tammy has already picked up a major endorsement from Democrats in Hudson County, Bob Menendez's home county.
Menendez is under federal indictment, giving Democrats an opportunity to challenge him, but he's not going anywhere without a fight
"Unlike Tammy Murphy, I don't have to be introduced to the people of Hudson County as I've spent 50 years representing them and fighting for what matters most to them. I know where all the skeletons in closets are," Menendez said in statement.
Their are complaints that party bosses pick their favorites to headline the ballots, to which Menendez added, "At the end of the day, I don't need the party line to win in Hudson."
Hispanic voters represent a huge share of Democratic support, so wavering Menendez supporters want someone who represents their concerns on the ticket.
Dr. Patricia Campos Medina is considering a run to keep a Latino presence in the Senate.
Democratic Congressman Andy Kim is also running.