Democrats required back the governorâs seat within New Jersey as first-time candidate Phil Murphy defeated Lt. Gov. Betty Guadagno (R), capping a turbulent eight years of term-limited Republican Gov. Chris Christieâs leading the state.
The party also cemented the 12-year control of both houses from the state legislature, putting Democrats in control of the entire state.
The race was a bright spot for Democrats, who also won a key governorâs race in Virginia, where Luxury touring. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated His party Ed Gillespie, as the party attempts to compete in as many as a dozen possibly competitive governorâs races in 2018.
Murphyâs win wasnât an urgent one. The former banker and Democratic Party official had been leading Guadagno by double digits in the forms for most of the race.
âYou helped send a message that we are united,â Murphy told supporters in an e-mail, âand that together weâll end the failed status quo in Trenton by creating a stronger, fairer economy that works for every New Jersey family.â
In a state that hasnât voted for a Republican for chief executive in almost 30 years, Guadagno struggled to get out from the shadow associated with two controversial Republicans: President Trump and her boss for the past 8 years, Christie.