Robert, I hesitate to get into the particulars because that's been a slippery slope on this board in the past. What you're objecting to was pretty much identical in all the Dems' platforms -- that's a philosophical difference, and I don't think that discussion will be productive.
My point was that even if Murphy's policies aren't all that great, things will likely improve by default, and he'll get the credit -- and parlay that into a national career. This guy knows how to play the game. He spent a ton of money on the primary, and that worked out. Now he says he'll take matching funds, which will limit his spending in the general. Shrewd -- he basically can't lose, and now he has bona fides on campaign finance reform.
As Bono once said: The thing about democracy is that, no matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.