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Murphy's surgery to remove tumour 'successful,' deputy says

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy greets people before his budget address in Trenton, N.J. On Wednesday, March 4, New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver tweeted that Murphy's surgery to remove what was likely a cancerous tumor on his kidney was successful and that he is resting at a New York hospital. Oliver is acting as governor while Murphy recovers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 04, 2020 - 2:01 PM

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's surgery Wednesday to remove what was likely a cancerous tumour on his kidney was successful, the state's acting governor said.

Sheila Oliver, who was elected with Murphy as the state's lieutenant governor in 2017, said in a tweet that the governor is resting at a New York hospital. She gave no other details about the surgery.

Ninety per cent of such tumors are cancerous, Murphy’s office has said, but doctors weren't able to tell for sure until the surgery. Oliver's tweet didn't address whether the tumour was cancerous.

Oliver will serve as acting governor "until further notice,” Murphy's office said earlier in a statement.

Murphy revealed that he had the tumour last month. The Democrat said in his recent budget address that he was overwhelmed and thankful for an outpouring of encouragement since news of the tumour became public.

Murphy told NJ Advance Media that doctors were confident of being able to eradicate it. He said he doesn’t anticipate needing chemotherapy or radiation.

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