Since Putnam and Murphy Media Group disbanded in 2011, the two guys at the helm of that outfit for 15 years haven't faced each other across the no man's land of a campaign. Until now.
Steve Murphy of MVAR is doing media for Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy's re-election campaign.
His former partner, Mark Putnam of Putnam Partners, is working for Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop, who's challeging Healy.
The founding partner of Putnam Partners, Mark Putnam has been a national political media consultant and campaign strategist for over two decades, helping elect eight governors, eight U.S. senators, dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and an American president, according to his website.
Murphy heads up Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly, LLC, (MVAR). He has managed or worked for over twenty political campaigns across the United States, according to a Politico profile on the consultant, and served as Campaign Manager for Dick Gephardt for President.
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