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2021 New Jersey Globe Voter’s Guide

By David Wildstein, October 28 2021 9:30 am

Click HERE to download the 2021 New Jersey Globe Voter’s Guide.

The 2021 New Jersey Globe Voter’s Guide takes a look at the statewide map for Tuesday’s race for Governor of New Jersey, and contests of the State Senate and General Assembly in all 40 legislative districts.

Gov. Phil Murphy is seeking to become the first Democratic governor in 44 years to win re-election to a second term.  Since that last happened in 1977, New Jersey has elected and re-elected three Republican governors.

The Republican nominee for governor is Jack Ciattarelli, a former three-term assemblyman from Somerset County and a businessman.

Some recent polls have shown the race tightening, but the most recent survey released by Monmouth University shows Murphy with an 11-point lead.

Murphy is also battling the Curse of the White House.  The last five newly-elected Presidents – George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have seen New Jersey elect a governor from the other political party in the year of the inauguration.

President Joe Biden, who has appeared with Murphy twice this fall, has upside-down approval ratings in New Jersey, 43%-49%.  In South Jersey, where Biden was arguably the third U.S. Senator for 36 years, he’s under water by 21 points, 37%-58%.

The battleground for the legislature is simple: most legislative races were likely decided in the June primary election.

Democrats are trying to flip Senate seats that were won by Republicans in 2017: the 2nd, where Christopher Brown resigned this summer to join the Murphy administration, and the 16th, where Kip Bateman is retiring after 28 years in the legislature.  The Somerset-based district hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1903; regardless of the outcome, next year will be the first time in history where a Somerset County resident isn’t sitting in the upper house.

Republicans are trying to regain a Senate seat in the 8th district that they won in the last election and then lost when the senator, Dawn Marie Addiego, switched parties in early 2019.

Both parties are fighting over Assembly seats in those same three districts.

Click HERE to download the 2021 New Jersey Globe Voter’s Guide.

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