Murphy wins 2nd term after NJ governor’s race: AP
NEW JERSEY – After a full night and day of deliberations and vote counting, Gov. Phil Murphy has been named the winner of the New Jersey gubernatorial race, according to the Associated Press. Murphy is now the first New Jersey Democrat to win a second term in 40 years.
The race was not the landslide victory Murphy’s camp had hoped for – Murphy got 50 percent, or 1,210,997 votes when the race was called. Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli won 49.23% or 1,191,703 votes.
There were points on election night on Tuesday when the Democrat followed his 50,000-vote Republican challenger, hoping the urban strongholds of Essex and Passaic County would redeem him.
During the respective election nights, the candidates addressed the crowds and families about the disappointing results that were pouring in. Murphy told his side: “We’re all sorry tonight still can’t be the celebration we wanted it to be – but like I said: when every vote is counted – and every vote is counted. – we hope to have a celebration again. ”
Ciattarelli sent a similar message in a calmer and more cheerful tone, saying, “This is what I love about this state, if you study its history: whenever it has gone too far, people of that state have pushed, pulled and pushed it where it should be. “
For hours after the polls closed, Murphy’s only tweet was a trusted retweet from a campaign member, saying “When all the votes are counted, we’ll win.”
Murphy was a former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany before taking office as governor. He focused his re-election campaign on his progressive track record in power throughout the pandemic. Another focal point of the campaign was Ciattarelli’s comparison with former Governor Chris Christie as well as Ciattarelli’s integration into Donald Trump’s camp.