New Jersey voters on Tuesday will choose whether to re-elect incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy or oust him by electing Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli.
If he wins, Murphy will be the first Democrat to be re-elected governor of Garden State since 1977.
Ciattarelli, a former accountant and businessman, has been involved in New Jersey state politics for decades and served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2011 to 2018. He ran for governor of New Jersey in 2017 and came in second in the primary election.
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According to one Monmouth University poll, registered New Jersey voters ranked tax policy as the biggest problem in the race, followed by education, COVID-19 and crime.
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Murphy had a comfortable lead over Ciattarelli up until election day according to the latest polls collected by RealClearPolitics. Murphy’s smallest advantage was six points in an Emerson poll conducted between 15-18. October. Second poll shows Murphy with an even bigger advantage.
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Third-party candidates in the race include Madelyn Hoffman of the Green Party, Joanne Kuniansky of the Socialist Workers Party and Gregg Mele of the Libertarian Party.
New Jersey joins Virginia as one of only two states to hold governor elections for a year outside elections.