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Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli debate on September 28, 2021. (Photo: Kevin Sanders For New Jersey Globe)

Ciattarelli nearly sweeps towns that flipped from Trump to Biden

GOP gubernatorial candidate wins all 36 towns that went for Trump ’16 and Murphy ’17

By David Wildstein, November 18 2021 4:11 pm

Jack Ciattarelli carried 51 of the 53 New Jersey municipalities that flipped from supporting Donald Trump for president in 2016 to Joe Biden in 2020, according to a New Jersey Globe analysis.

Gov. Phil Murphy only held one Trump ’16 town: he won Cape May City by 57 votes.  In Loch Arbour, Murphy and Ciattarelli are tied at 42 each.

Ciattarelli won all the 36 New Jersey towns where Trump outpolled Hillary Clinton but then supported Murphy in 2017 against Kim Guadagno.  That includes Lakewood, where Murphy had the endorsement of the Vaad, an influential group of Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Fourteen municipalities that went for Chris Christie in 2013 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 also supported Ciattarelli: Berlin Borough, Garwood, Hasbrouck Heights, Hawthorne, Hillsdale, Lake Como, Neptune City, Nutley Phillipsburg, Somers Point, West Caldwell, Westville, Wood-Ridge and Woolwich.

Ciattarelli also won all 18 municipalities that voted for Trump twice and Murphy in 2017: Absecon, Bass River, Buena Vista, Carlstadt, Commercial, Greenwich (Cumberland), Greenwich (Gloucester) Lyndhurst, Mantua, Margate, National Park, North Arlington, Paramus, Ringwood, Saddle Brook, Washington Township (Gloucester), Winfield, and Wildwood.

The Trump-to-Biden towns Ciattarelli won: Somers Point in Atlantic; Hasbrouck Heights, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Montvale, Northvale, Ramsey, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick and Wood-Ridge in Bergen; Chesterfield, Hainesport and Medford Township in Burlington; Berlin Borough in Camden; North Caldwell, Nutley and West Caldwell in Essex; Westville and Woolwich in Gloucester, Califon and High Bridge in Hunterdon;  Jamesburg and South River in Middlesex; Highlands, Interlaken, Lake Como, Little Silver, Marlboro, Matawan, Neptune City and Shrewsbury Borough in Monmouth;  Denville, Long Hill, the Mendhams, Mine Hill, Mount Olive and the Rockaways in Morris; Hawthorne in Passaic; South Toms River in Ocean; Bedminster, Bernardsville, Green Brook, Peapack-Gladstone and Warren in Somerset; Garwood in Union; and Phillipsburg in Warren.

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