- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy won a second term versus Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
- Ciattarelli, a business person and previous GOP legislator, ran a remarkably close race.
- The incumbent guv led his challenger by less than a point since Wednesday night.
What’s at stake:
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy directly beat Republican opposition Jack Ciatterelli to win a 2nd term in workplace.
New Jersey and Virginia held gubernatorial elections in 2021, making Murphy and Virginia gubernatorial prospect Terry McAuliffe the most effective Democrats to deal with statewide contests given that President Joe Biden took workplace in January.
Murphy, a previous Goldman Sachs executive, was chosen in 2017 to prosper previous Republican politician Gov. Chris Christie, who served 2 terms in the guv’s workplace. And while New Jersey is now sturdily Democratic on the governmental level, that pattern hasn’t encompassed state-level workplaces, as evidenced by the exceptionally narrow margin in between the prospects this year. Murphy is the very first Democratic guv given that 1977 to win a 2nd term in New Jersey.
Like McAuliffe in Virginia, Murphy looked for to paint his Republican challenger as an extension of previous President Donald Trump, who lost New Jersey by 16 portion points in the 2020 election and is extremely out of favor in the state.
” Do we stand with our spiritual democracy, or do we stand with Confederate flags and white supremacists in a pack of lies?” Murphy stated at a dispute with Ciattarelli previously this month. He was describing Ciattarelli’s participation at a “Stop the Steal” rally in late November in 2015, after Trump lost the election to Biden.
Former President Barack Obama, who campaigned for Murphy in Newark, New Jersey, over the weekend of October 23, likewise took goal at Ciattarelli for participating in the rally.
” Obviously Phil’s challenger states he didn’t understand it was a rally to reverse the outcomes of the last election,” Obama stated, “He didn’t understand it? Begin. When you’re standing in front of an indication that states ‘Stop the Steal’ and there’s a person in the crowd waving a Confederate flag, you understand this isn’t a community barbecue. You understand it’s not a League of Females Citizens rally. Begin. Begin, male. That’s not what New Jersey requires.”
Ciattarelli, on the other hand, looked for to cast himself as more moderate by voicing his assistance for Roe v. Wade and for undocumented immigrants getting motorist’s licenses.
If the Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade, Ciattarelli stated that “we will codify it here in New Jersey.”
” I support a female’s right to select,” he included, though he stated he opposes the Reproductive Flexibility Act pending in the state legislature and stated he thinks it’s too severe.
And while he’s slammed Murphy’s position on COVID-19 vaccine requireds, Ciattarelli likewise highlighted that he’s not in the very same camp as more hardline Republican politicians.
” I’m not where Phil Murphy is” on COVID-19 steps, “however I’m definitely not where Ron DeSantis is,” Ciattarelli stated in a current interview with the U.S.A. Today Network New Jersey Editorial Board.