“Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican vying to unseat Gov. Philip Murphy of New Jersey, will concede defeat on Friday, acknowledging that there is no chance he can overcome the 74,000-vote gap now separating the candidates,” the New York Times reports.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has apparently won a much closer than expected re-election race in New Jersey, according to the Cook Political Report.
NJ Advance Media: “He energized the crowd with his trademark call to revamp government to better help the young and working-class — a message that has long drawn him a devoted following among college-age Americans.”
“And while Sanders was the clearly main attraction, the former presidential candidate repeatedly championed Murphy as a vessel for that message and urged the audience to help vote the Democratic governor into a second term Tuesday.”
“The campaigns and outside groups for Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican rival Jack Ciattarelli have spent $45,871,086 in the general election, nearly twice as much as what was shelled out about this time four years ago,” NJ.com reports.
“President Joe Biden on Monday kicks off a crucial week for the future of his spending plans by traveling to New Jersey, where he will tout his proposals and share the spotlight with Gov. Phil Murphy (D) a week before Election Day,” NJ.com reports.
A new PIX 11/Emerson College poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Phil Murphy (D) leading challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R), 50% to 44%.
“Republican Jack Ciattarelli bet that New Jersey voters would view Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s policies on masks, vaccines and other Covid-19 restrictions as a prime example of government overreach and rule by fiat,” Politico reports.
“But with the Delta variant lingering, it’s Murphy who’s gone on a Covid-19 offensive, attacking Ciattarelli’s laissez faire positions on face coverings in schools and vaccine freedom as out-of-step with Garden State voters.”
“As New Jersey’s gubernatorial race enters its final month, Murphy is relying on a similar playbook to the one that helped California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom fend off a recall challenge last month. The governor, the only state executive up for reelection this year, is taking direct shots at opponents of economic lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is doing much the same as he tries to reclaim the governorship in Virginia.”
A new Monmouth poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Phil Murphy (D) leading challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R) in the race for governor, 51% to 38%.
A new Monmouth poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Phil Murphy (D) with a big lead over challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R), 52% to 36%.
A new Fairleigh Dickinson poll in New Jersey finds Gov. Phil Murphy (D) leading challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R), 48% to 33%.
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates Virginia’s open-seat gubernatorial race starts as Leans Democratic, with former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) holding a significant edge to be his party’s nominee.
New Jersey’s gubernatorial race starts as Likely Democratic with Gov. Phil Murphy (D) heavily favored to win re-election.
Washington Post: “On Tuesday, when he is sworn in, New Jersey will become one of just eight states where Democrats run every branch of government. If Murphy has his way, New Jersey will become a proving ground for every liberal policy idea coming into fashion, from legalized marijuana to a $15 minimum wage, from a “millionaire’s tax” to a virtual bill of rights for undocumented immigrants.”
“Undergirding all of it: automatic voter registration, early voting and the right to register with a political party as late as Election Day.”
“Murphy’s moves could resonate in other states. Republicans, who control 33 governor’s mansions, are defending 26 of them in this year’s midterm elections. The prospect of New Jersey shifting to the left, smack in the middle of the nation’s largest media market, strikes Republicans as an opportunity to warn voters in swing states of what could happen if Democrats take power.”
Politico: Enter the anti-Christie.
Phil Murphy (D) is projected to win the New Jersey governor’s race defeating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who struggled to gain traction in the race.
Newark Star Ledger: “Murphy’s victory over Guadagno, Christie’s lieutenant governor, will usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the Garden State after eight years of Christie, a once-popular Republican who saw his approval rating plummet to historic lows in recent years. “
A new Monmouth poll in New Jersey finds Phil Murphy (D) holds a 14 point lead over Kim Guadagno (R) among likely voters in the race for governor, 53% to 39%.
A new Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey finds Phil Murphy (D) with a huge lead over Kim Guadagno (R) in the race for governor, 57% to 37%.
Said pollster Peter Brown: “Politics is a team game. Guadagno’s GOP teammates — President Trump, with a 33% job approval rating, and Gov. Chris Christie, with his 15% approval rating — are clearly pulling her down.”
A new Monmouth poll in New Jersey finds Phil Murphy (D) currently holds a 14 point lead over Kim Guadagno (R) among likely voters in the race for governor, 51% to 37%.
Said pollster Patrick Murray: “This is not the twenty-something point lead that some polls have been showing, but it is still formidable. While Guadagno may have an opportunity to break through, the fact that Murphy’s support is over 50 percent makes that task very difficult.”
A new USA Today/Suffolk poll in New Jersey finds Phil Murphy (D) with a nearly 20 percent point lead over Kim Guadagno (R) in the race for governor, 44% to 25%.
Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie (R) continues to suffer from a historic low 16% approval rating while 74% disapprove.