Sen. Chris Murphy aims to walk across the state of Connecticut

VOLUNTOWN — Senator Chris Murphy hoped Monday to walk across the state of Connecticut.

Sen. Murphy said he is “taking to the streets and dirt roads to listen to and get feedback from Connecticut residents.”

He started Monday afternoon in Voluntown, near the Rhode Island border.  He plans to hold a public town hall meeting at the Greenville Fire Station in Norwich Monday at 7 p.m. He hopes to walk about 20 miles a day and continue across the state each day this week.

“There is nothing like summertime in Connecticut,” Sen. Murphy said. “I decided to spend part of my summer walking the state because I couldn’t think of a better way to meet people and see things I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Since I was elected to Congress, I’ve been trying to find new ways to keep in touch with the people who sent me to Washington, and this is just another way that I can get some new ideas to bring back to Congress while also getting some great exercise. Who knows how far I will get this week, but I’m going to have fun for as long as my legs allow it.”

Back in June, Sen. Murphy made national headlines when he led other Democratic senators in a nearly 15-hour filibuster demanding votes on gun control measures just days after a mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub.