The rallies come as the state is still emerging from Murphy's March stay-home order stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.
Today, in Hillside, we marched for justice.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 7, 2020
For George Floyd and for the many before him – who lost their lives for being Black.
We march because we will not accept systemic racism and bias as just part of our national condition. Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JGe00Xa1qS
Murphy, a Democrat, addressed the protests, which in many cases exceed the 25-person limit on gatherings, saying injustices stemming from slavery and racism warrant such rallies. He has said people should be careful and still wear a mask while protesting.
On Sunday, Murphy attended a march in Hillside, carrying a banner that said "Hillside Strong March to End Racism, Police Brutality & Embrace Diversity."
He also attended a vigil organized by Westfield high-school junior Nala Angella Scott, who wrote to him inviting him to attend.
"I'm in awe of Nala's courage - the same courage we're seeing from young people across our nation," he said in a tweet. "But I'm angry and devastated that we live in a nation where they have to protest for their right to live. We cannot accept this as normal. We must do better."
The rallies that have been happening, first in the United States and recently in cities across the globe, followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.