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Democrat Phil Murphy projected winner in N.J. governor race

Randy Mancini 16 November 4, 2021
New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy delivers his victory speech in front of supporters at Convention Hall, after winning the gubernatorial race against Jack Ciattarelli Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Asbury Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy delivers his victory speech in front of supporters at Convention Hall, after winning the gubernatorial race against Jack Ciattarelli Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Asbury Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

The gubernatorial race in New Jersey  has come to a close with voters narrowly re-electing Democrat Phil Murphy as governor. The New York Times, CBS, ABC and NBC have now*all called the race for Murphy.

The race was won by razor-thin margins being decided within around a single percentage point. This makes Murphy the first Democrat to win re-election since 1977. His republican challenger, Jack Ciaterelli, has yet to concede the race. Ciattarelli flipped counties Murphy won four years ago and Joe Biden won just a year ago to keep it too close to call for awhile.

The Republican Party of New Jersey called out mainstream media for claiming an early election victory for incumbent Murphy. In a statement on Wednesday, the GOP said was irresponsible of the media to proclaim a winner in a race where ballots were still being counted. New Jersey Republicans stressed they would fight for every single legal vote.

The candidates are separated by a FRACTION of a % out of 2.4 million ballots cast.

It’s irresponsible of the media to make this call when the New Jersey Secretary of State doesn’t even know how many ballots are left to be counted.

We will fight for every single legal vote.

— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) November 3, 2021

Meanwhile, government watchdog group Project Veritas released undercover footage of gubernatorial election workers allowing a self-proclaimed non-citizen to still cast a vote in the election despite him admitting that he was not registered to vote.

ILLEGAL: New Jersey Gubernatorial Election Worker: ‘I’ll let you[Non-Citizen/Non-Registered Voter] fill out completely a ballot right now.’ #ExposeNJ pic.twitter.com/Eg2DpnDRkg

— Eric Spracklen🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) November 4, 2021

The RNC sent 20 lawyers to New Jersey as the vote count continued. On Wednesday, the New jersey GOP said the RNC legal team would help the campaign of Ciattarelli make sure the election is free and fair. Garden State Republicans said they are prepared to go to court over any potential irregularities or violations in the voting and counting process.

"RNC deploys 20 lawyers to NJ as counting continues"

Every legal vote will be counted & our election integrity team (the largest such team ever assembled) will be scrutinizing the process to ensure that's the case & that we get @Jack4NJ elected Governor https://t.co/EpQOZvhnxf

— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) November 3, 2021

The GOP has already gained at least six seats in the State Assembly as well as several Senate seats.

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