Could Republicans manage another upset? It’s still too close to call the New Jersey gubernatorial election between incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. On Tuesday night neither team was able to make a victory speech but both teams remained optimistic.
Closed out the campaign in the same place where it all began 22 months ago – my hometown of Raritan.
— Jack Ciattarelli (@Jack4NJ) November 2, 2021
Fox News reports:
A significant amount of voted remained in Camden, Essex and Union counties, and in particular, significant mail and provisional votes left in Essex County. These votes are expected to favor Murphy.
The two waged tense campaigns and Murphy presented himself as a solid progressive. Ciattarelli tried to paint Murphy as out of touch with the average voter and was critical of his leadership during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Ciattarelli was up by about 1,000 votes with 88% reporting at about 3:30 a.m. ET.
Murphy held a comfortable lead over Ciattarelli leading up to Election Day, according to the most recent polls collected by RealClearPolitics. Murphy’s smallest advantage was six points in an Emerson poll conducted between Oct. 15-18. Other polling shows Murphy with an even larger advantage.
Ciattarelli recently told reports he does not intend to enforce mandates if elected and also seemed to make comments disapproving of Critical Race Theory.