Democratic New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy wins re-election -AP

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addresses supporters astatine an predetermination nighttime lawsuit successful Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski

Nov 3 (Reuters) - Democratic New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy won a 2nd term, defeating Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, Associated Press reported connected Wednesday.

Murphy, 64, is the archetypal Democratic politician to triumph re-election successful New Jersey successful 4 decades. He has overseen a displacement to the near successful the state, including caller taxes connected millionaires, stricter weapon restrictions, a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave. He has besides defended his robust attack to the coronavirus pandemic, including mandating masks successful schools.

Ciattarelli, 59, a erstwhile authorities lawmaker, had focused overmuch of his run connected the state's precocious taxes, portion accusing Murphy, a affluent erstwhile Goldman Sachs executive, of being retired of touch.

New Jersey has trended steadily Democratic successful caller years. The enactment won 10 of the state's 12 U.S. House of Representatives seats successful 2020, and President Joe Biden carried the authorities implicit erstwhile President Donald Trump past twelvemonth by much than 15 percent points.

Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Peter Cooney

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