- As the Christie era wanes, the Murphy era rises. It is no great surprise, but it sure is a relief. Even with the legislature and executive all under Democratic control there will be difference in policies between the two groups. Possibly there will be a difficult relationship because Murphy who needed NJEA support was less helpful to Sweeney who was attacked by NJEA. More broadly Murphy faces tough choices in funding his many progressive objectives while still paying for costly public pension and school costs.
- Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and L.G.-elect Sheila Oliver defeat LG Kim Guadagno and Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo (R) by 1,119,516 votes (55%) to 858,735 (43%) – a margin of +12 which was exactly what Quinnipiac Poll projected with others ranging from +14 to +16. This strong result suggests that Guadagno’s use of Trumpology was ineffective.
- Turnout: Registered voters at election time were Unaffiliated 2.4 million (42%), D 2.1 million (36%), R: 1.2 million (21%) – a total 5.7 million. Although all votes have not yet been counted, the turnout appears to be about 35% – less than the 39% in the last gubernatorial race.
- Our new activist governor promises to focus on the economy and progressive policies in order to create a green economy, raise taxes on millionaires, legalize marijuana, invest in higher education, improve the transit system, and pay more toward pension obligations.
- Murphy, a millionaire progressive who grew up outside of Boston brings to office a sharp change in style from the combative and Jersey-born Christie,
- NJ’s Next Governor: A Political Newbie with Progressive Roots (N.Y. Times)
- 5 things you need to know about your new governor.
- Christie’s political legacy goes beyond the traffic jam that helped destroy his reputation and his star-crossed alliance with Donald Trump.
SOME KEY CONTESTED LEGISLATIVE RACES ( ✔︎) indicates the winner
- Sen. Sweeney won a hard, expensive battle in LD 3, Democrat Vin Gopal (D) flipped LD 11 by defeating Sen. Jennifer Beck (R), and Roy Freiman (D) won the Assembly seat formerly held by Jack Ciattarelli (R) but in LD 2 Chris Brown (R) won the seat formerly held by Sen. Whelan (D). A close one: The LD 8 Republicans only won by a few hundred votes.
- “Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto fell short of his Hail Mary attempt to elect Democrats in long shot districts like the 25th and 39th, meaning it looks like Craig Coughlin has the votes to oust him. (Matt Friedman)
- LD 2 Senate: Colin Bell (D-I) ✔︎Chris Brown (R)
- LD 3 Senate: ✔︎Steve Sweeney (D-I) Fran Grenier (R) LD 11
- LD 11 Senate: Jennifer Beck (R-I) ✔︎Vin Gopal (D) Assembly: ✔︎Joann Downey (D-I) ✔︎Eric Houghtaling (D-I) Michael Whelan (R) Robert Acerra (R)
- LD 14 Senate:✔︎ Linda Greenstein (D-I). Ileana Schirmer,(R)
- LD 16 Senate: ✔︎Kip Bateman (R-I) Laurie Poppe (D) Assembly: ✔︎Andrew Zwicker (D-I) and ✔︎Roy Freiman (D) Donna Simon (R). Mark Caliguire(R)
- LD 23 Senate: ✔︎Michael Doherty (R-I) Christine Chen (D) Assembly: ✔︎ Erik Peterson (R-I) ✔︎John DaMaio (R-I) Laura Shaw (D) Charles Boddy (D)
- LD 24 Assembly: ✔︎Parker Space (R-I) ✔︎Harold Wirths (R) Kate Matteson (D) Gina Trish (D)
- LD 39 Senate: ✔︎Gerald Cardinale (R-i) Linda Schwager (D) Assembly: ✔︎Robert Auth R-I). ✔︎Holly Schepisi (R-I) Jannie Chung (D) Annie Hausmann (D)
- LD 40 Senate: ✔︎Kristin Corrado (R-I) Thomas Duch (D)
- Atlantic City City: Frank Gilliam (D) defeated incumbent Don Guardian (R).
- Camden: Democratic City Council President Francisco “Frank” Moran coasted to victory in a race where no Republicans were running.
- Jersey City: Steven Fulop (D) won re-election by defeating challenger Bill Matsikoudis.
- Hoboken: City Councilman Ravi Bhalla topped five other candidates in the race to succeed Dawn Zimmer, who decided not to seek a third term in office.
- Library: Passed. To borrow $125 million to modernize and expand public libraries.
- Environmental: Passed. to prevent lawmakers from diverting funds earmarked for environmental cleanups.
- Citing “increasing political polarization with no longer a middle ground,” Rep. Frank LoBiondo (CD 2) announced he would not run for re-election in 2018. Van Drew ‘seriously considering’ running for LoBiondo’s seat, with Norcross’ support.
- Menendez trial: First day of jury deliberations yields no verdict.
- In Virginia Voters Give Democrats first big victories of the Trump era.