Murphy, a venture capitalist, has been an ardent supporter of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Tedisco on the other hand, would never say whether or not he would have supported the measure.
"I would never vote for something I haven't completely read," Tedisco said in a recent interview.
The race cost Tedisco more than a lost election, as he was forced to resign as Assembly Minority Leader shortly after the adoption of the state budget in early April.
In recent days, many of his GOP counterparts have called for his concession after the AP reported the district was missing out on stimulus funding because of a lack of representation.
"I think Jim ran a quality campaign," State Assemblywoman Betty Little said recently.