Liberal Phil Murphy to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey governor

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Democrat Phil Murphy to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey governor

Democrat Phil Murphy was elected governor of New Shirt on Nov. 7. Murphy defeat Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. (Reuters)

Democrats required back the governor’s 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 Christie’s 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 governor’s 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 governor’s races in 2018.

Murphy’s win wasn’t 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.

“You helped send a message that we are united,” Murphy told supporters in an e-mail, “and that together we’ll end the failed status quo in Trenton by creating a stronger, fairer economy that works for every New Jersey family.”

In a state that hasn’t 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.

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