On November 7, 2017, New Jersey voters went to the polls to elect a new governor to replace Chris Christie. They picked Democrat Phil Murphy. He has yet to give his speech, but it will be live streamed here. We will embed it when it becomes available, both live and as a playback.
The candidates for governor were:
- 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.