New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy will stick to his job by a thread Wednesday after a nail-biter of an election against GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli.
The Associated Press called the race for the established Wednesday after Ciattarelli had a lead of just over 1,000 votes overnight. But the remaining ballots allowed Murphy to close that gap and remain governor of Garden State, despite a political environment that led to several major disruptions for Republicans Tuesday, including in the Virginia governor’s race.
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Murphy’s narrow victory comes despite polls indicating that the established power had a comfortable victory in the state he won by over 14 points during his first race in 2017. President Biden also won the state easily just a year ago and defeated Donald Trump with almost 16 points.
The established man faced several challenges throughout the race, including criticism of his decision to order nursing homes to readmit patients recovering from COVID-19, a move that some critics said led to unnecessary loss of life .
Murphy was criticized for failing to take the issue of New Jersey’s national property taxes seriously during his first term, rejecting the issue, saying that if “you are a one-man voter and the tax rate is your problem, we are likely not your state. “
In remarks late Tuesday, as the election hung in the balance, Murphy promised to spend the next four years helping people in the state “achieve their American dream.”
“For almost four years now, our focus has not been on trying to do more for those who already have a lot, but to do a lot for those in the middle and at the bottom so they have more options,” Murphy said in his election. night notes. “Our mission has been simple to build a state where every child, regardless of race or gender, faith or zip code, has the opportunity to live out their hopes and achieve their American dream.”
Fox News’ Zack Daniels contributed to this report.