Murphy hits top Democrat for blocking nominees. And he stresses they’re African-American.

Gov. Phil Murphy didn’t do what his predecessor, Chris Christie, might have done. 

A day after state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he’s holding up the confirmation of the governor’s two nominees to oversee education in New Jersey, Murphy responded not by hammering Sweeney or denouncing him by name. 

Instead, Murphy said Thursday that the nominees — Lamont Repollet for education commissioner and Zakiya Smith Ellis for higher education secretary — are “extraordinary individuals” and that “there’s no reason not to confirm” them.

And he noted that both of those picks are African-Americans with doctoral degrees.

“Folks need to look up Lamont Repollet and Zakiya Smith Ellis because we have two African-American Ph.Ds on our cabinet,” Murphy said during an unrelated…

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