UPDATE: MSNBC has called the gubernatorial race for Democrat Phil Murphy.
BREAKING: Phil Murphy wins New Jersey Governor race, @NBCNews projects https://t.co/PmmlqJMQ7Q— NBC News (@NBC News)1510102852.0
Watch the full victory speech playback of Phil Murphy here.
Original story below:
On November 7, 2017, New Jersey voters went to the polls to elect a new governor to replace Chris Christie, who has served as governor since 2010.
Polls closed at 8pm ET, live results are coming in here.
The candidates for governor are:
- Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, who won the Republican primary in June. Her running mate is Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo, who would be the first Latino and the first male to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor since was created effective with the 2009 gubernatorial election. Guadagno has made reducing property taxes a cornerstone of her campaign in the state.
- Phil Murphy, a financier and diplomat who previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2009 - 2013. He won the Democratic primary in June. Murphy had a 23-year career at Goldman Sachs. His running mate is Former State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, who represents the 34th legislative district. Oliver was one of the founders of the Newark Coalition for Low Income Housing. Murphy supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, favors legalization of marijuana, and stricter gun laws.
- Seth Kaper-Dale, who is the Green Party candidate. He has served as co-pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP) in New Jersey since 2001 and made national headlines in 2012 when his church became a sanctuary for Indonesians facing deportation.
- Pete Rohrman, who is the Libertarian Party candidate. He previously ran for Bergen County Freeholder in 2015 and 2016. His running mate is Karrese Laguerre, who worked in sales before pursuing a career in dentistry.
Polls showed Murphy had a strong chance of winning. Real Clear Politics shows he enjoys the support of 49.7% among registered voters in the state. Polls out of Rasmussen Reports (50%), Monmouth University (53%) and Quinnipiac University (57%) predict similar outcomes.
According to Rick Klein, the political director at ABC, both the New Jersey and Virginia elections have experienced an uptick in liberal and Democratic turnout.
uptick in liberal and Dem turnout in VA and NJ, per early exit polls https://t.co/gvmGMdCJvm— Rick Klein (@Rick Klein)1510098990.0