Rep. Bradley Jones, the Republican leader in the Massachusetts House, wished Murray well but said unanswered questions remained about the controversies.
“His direct connection to improper hiring practices and midnight car rides leave far more questions upon his departure than answers,” Jones said.
After entering into employment discussions with the chamber, Murray said he hired a private attorney and as a precaution, filed a notice with the state Ethics Commission because of a “potential appearance of a conflict of interest.”
But Murray added that the chamber receives no state funding and had no active issues pending before the governor’s office or the Legislature.
At an afternoon news conference, Patrick called Murray “a friend, a mentor and a partner,” who had been an integral part of his administration and a leader on a variety of issues.
Both Patrick and Murray insisted there was never any effort to nudge the lieutenant governor from office.
Murray, who was applauded by state employees before and after the news conference, acknowledged mistakes but said he was extremely proud of his accomplishments in public life.
“Nobody’s perfect. Nobody bats 1000,” Murray said.
He would not rule out a future run for office.