Murphy undergoing surgery to remove tumor on kidney

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will undergo surgery to remove what he has said is probably a cancerous tumor on his kidney

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove what he has said is probably a cancerous tumor on his kidney.

Murphy is having the surgery in New York. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as acting governor “until further notice,” Murphy’s office said in a statement.

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

Ninety percent of such tumors are cancerous, Murphy’s office said, but doctors won’t be able to tell for sure until the surgery.

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

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