The results are in – Phil Murphy won the Democratic nomination in the New Jersey’s gubernatorial primary and Kim Guadagno won the Republican primary.
Murphy, a wealthy former Goldman Sachs executive and Obama administration ambassador, defeated five rivals in one of only two statewide races in the country. His victory means he will take on Guadagno in November.
She’s served as Christie’s lieutenant governor — the first in state history — since winning election in 2009. Guadagno racked up key endorsements and won the party line in the state’s GOP hotbeds in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
One of them will replace unpopular term-limited Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Murphy was an ambassador to Germany under Democratic President Barack Obama. He poured more than $20 million into the contest and won endorsements from the state’s powerful county political machines.
He promised to check Republican President Donald Trump if elected and to fully fund the state’s pension system, ramp up education spending and rejoin a regional greenhouse gas alliance.
Murphy survived attacks from top rivals that compared him to former Gov. Jon Corzine another one-time Goldman Sachs executive. He faced a challenge from five other candidates. His leading opponents were Jim Johnson, state Sen. Ray Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.
She gained a reputation as the administration’s ambassador to the business world. She also has qualified for public funds and has received more than $800,000, according to state election officials.
While Guadagno was the leading Republican to succeed Christie in Tuesday’s primary, she’s had to work hard to highlight her differences with a governor whose popularity took a beating from the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal and a failed presidential run eventually won by fellow Republican Donald Trump.