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Gov. Murphy looking to buck historical trends in Tuesday's New Jersey election

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
By Phil Murphy - Phil Murphy for Governor, CC BY 2.0
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

One year after Joe Biden’s victory and one year before the key Congressional midterms, Tuesday’s elections mainly come down to local races and statewide initiatives in the Northeast.

One exception is New Jersey, where Democratic Governor Phil Murphy is running for a second term. His Republican opponent is Jack Ciatterelli, a former member of the General Assembly. Although the state has been solidly blue in the past several presidential races, voters there haven’t re-elected a Democrat as governor in four decades — and the state usually goes against the new president.

For analysis of the race we spoke withNancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio. She has covered the Garden State for 20 years.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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