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Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli laid the blame for Democrats’ losses in yesterday’s election at Gov. Phil Murphy’s feet,
“In the ‘Murphy Midterms,’ every incumbent Republican assemblyperson retained their seat and anywhere from two to four Republican challengers will gain new seats. In addition, Republicans gained a seat in the State Senate due to Michael Testa’s win in a special election,” Ciattarelli said. “Candidates and message matter. What also matters is the direction of the state as set by the Governor.”
Last night, Democrats lost two Assembly Seats and a State Senate seat in the first district while failing to flip any Republican-held seats.
It’s possible Democrats in the second district will be ousted as well, but the result of that race won’t be clear until all mail-in ballots are counted.
“The Governor is tone-deaf on taxes and terribly wrong in trying to make, in his own words, ‘New Jersey the California of the east coast,’ Ciattarelli said. “In the last 24 hours, voters sent a very simple and different message regarding our broken state – Fix New Jersey.