Democrats sweep Virginia, New Jersey governor’s races
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters in Virginia and New Jersey gave Democratic gubernatorial candidates large victories Tuesday and sent a clear message of rebuke to Republican President Donald Trump.
In Virginia's hard-fought contest, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie. In New Jersey, front-running Democrat Phil Murphy trounced Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to succeed unpopular GOP Gov. Chris Christie.
Murphy on governor’s race win: ‘Days of division are over’
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Tuesday in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie, who failed as a presidential candidate and has seen his popularity ratings plummet.
Murphy emerged victorious after leading Guadagno in the polls and in fundraising in a race that revolved in part around the Republican governor's unpopularity.
Democratic party leader holds off union-backed challenge
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top elected Democrat turned aside a Republican challenger in a state Senate race Tuesday after millions of dollars were spent against him by an unlikely foe in the most expensive legislative election in state history.
Senate President Steve Sweeney faced roughly $4.5 million in attack ads funded by the New Jersey Education Association, but he defeated former Republican Woodstown Council member Fran Grenier.
The Latest: Christie congratulates Murphy on victory
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the race for New Jersey governor (all times local):
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has congratulated Democrat Phil Murphy on his election win.
Christie said that he spoke to Murphy after his win Tuesday and promised him his administration's full support to help ahead of his swearing-in Jan. 16.
He promised an open, cooperative transition.
Christie also congratulated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on a "hard fought campaign and a gracious concession."
Republican Atlantic City mayor concedes to Democrat
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Republican mayor conceded defeat after a single term Tuesday after the city's Democratic council president declared victory.
Frank Gilliam Jr. declared victory over Guardian, the first Republican to lead Atlantic City in a generation, who served a single term that saw five casinos close and the state seize control over the city's assets and major decision-making power.
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Spotlight is on governor’s races in Virginia, New Jersey
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia and New Jersey are set to pick new governors Tuesday in what could be a telling referendum on Republican President Donald Trump's political popularity a year after he was elected.
Chris Christie’s top deputy keeps him off the campaign trail
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno spent her final weekend campaigning in New Jersey's governor's race on a bus tour, with two former Republican governors praising her as the best candidate.
Gov. Chris Christie, the man she spent the last eight years running New Jersey's government with, was nowhere to be seen.
New Jersey governor’s race candidates making final push
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The two major party candidates seeking to become New Jersey's next governor were campaigning across the state Sunday, making their final pushes for support ahead of Tuesday's election.
Democrat Phil Murphy's schedule featured an evening rally in Asbury Park with rocker Jon Bon Jovi, one day after he held similar events with Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and Teamsters President James Hoffa.
Murphy, Guadagno make big promises, but details murky
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic business executive and Republican lieutenant governor running to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie have both made big promises to voters ahead of Tuesday's election, but both of their pitches leave out crucial details on how they'd achieve them.
Guadagno critiques sanctuary state policies after NYC attack
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Republican candidate for governor says she would "double down" on efforts to condemn so-called sanctuary states in response to the deadly attack in New York.
Speaking Wednesday during an unrelated event in Middletown, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said failing to detain those who immigrated without proper documents and committed violent crimes endangers the state.
Democrat Murphy reaches public matching fund max of $9.3M
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for governor has received the maximum amount of public matching funds at $9.3 million.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission says Phil Murphy reached the limit Wednesday.
His GOP rival, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, has received just $3.3 million by comparison.
GOP candidate Kim Guadagno to embark on statewide bus tour
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) will be hitting the road in a bus tour to visit all of New Jersey a week before the election.
Democrat Phil Murphy talks economy, pensions and job perks
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic candidate running to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that voters should judge him on whether he grows the state's economy and whether it becomes "fair."
AP Interview: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy spoke with The Associated Press on Monday.
Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's campaign hasn't responded to a request from the AP to reschedule an interview, after two previous interviews were canceled.
Kim Guadagno, New Jersey governor candidate, vows sanctuary city crackdown
Struggling to win over the Hispanics who helped power Republicans to victory four years ago, New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Kim Guadagno went the opposite direction Monday, embracing a Trump-like call to crack down on sanctuary cities in the state.
Clinton to campaign for Democrat seeking to succeed Christie
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Hillary Clinton will help raise cash for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy just days after former President Barack Obama campaigned for him.
The New Jersey fundraiser is not the first campaign event for Clinton since her defeat last year in the presidential election. Earlier this month, she attended an event on behalf of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states holding races for governor this year.
Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday with party's candidates for governors in Virginia and New Jersey.
"Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other, and be cruel to each other and put each other down? That's not who we are," Obama said at the Virginia rally in front of several thousand supporters.
Democrats drag bridge scandal into race to succeed Christie
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Democrats hoping to win this year's contest to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie dragged the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal into the campaign on Tuesday, with the mayor whose streets were deliberately gridlocked in 2013 taking aim at the administration.
Biden calls new Republican ad ‘return of Willie Horton’
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday weighed in on the race to succeed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, criticizing a new campaign ad from Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as the "return of Willie Horton" and casting the election as an opportunity to rebuke President Donald Trump.
Ad Watch: ‘Sanctuary’ attack from GOP, Murphy hits economy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The election for New Jersey's next governor is less than a month away and the top two party candidates are out with new TV ads pressing their case to voters.
Here's a look at two of the ads released this week:
Guadagno goes on attack, but Murphy rebuts broadsides
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Down in the polls and lacking the cash and high-profile endorsements of her Democratic rival in New Jersey's contest to succeed Gov. Chris Christie, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is going on the offensive, demanding more debates, calling her opponent names and casting his platform as costlier than his promises suggested.
Phil Murphy says he didn’t take a ‘dime’ from Weinstein
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic candidate in New Jersey's governor's race on Tuesday said he didn't take a "dime" from disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and called on Democrats around the country to return any money they've received from him.
Phil Murphy said he has not received any contributions from Weinstein.
Murphy, Guadagno trade jabs over Weinstein, Christie, Trump
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The first debate between two top party candidates to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie featured name-calling, comparisons to President Donald Trump and sharp differences on policies regarding taxes, health care, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities.
Gun control group endorses Democrat in governor’s race
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A national group that promotes gun control has given its support to Democrat Phil Murphy in the state's gubernatorial race.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its endorsement Monday during a news conference in Trenton.
Candidates agree ‘bump stock’ ban, but law limits use now
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic and Republican candidates for governor say they would sign legislation banning "bump stocks" for firearms, though the state police say under current law they cannot be used on a weapon.
Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said they'd support a legislative effort to ban the devices.
State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn says the device is legal "in and of itself," but not if used on a firearm.
Democrat Murphy says Biden, Gore, others to stump for him
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former vice presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder and the Gold Star father who clashed with Donald Trump will be campaigning for Democrat Phil Murphy in the final weeks before New Jersey elects the successor to Gov. Chris Christie, the campaign said Thursday.
Guadagno calls part of Trump’s tax plan ‘disaster’ for state
BOONTON, N.J. (AP) — The Republican candidate to succeed Chris Christie in this year's election says the part of GOP President Donald Trump's tax overhaul plan that eliminates property tax deductions would be "disaster" for New Jersey.
Guadagno said Monday at a news conference in Boonton that she's already begun to lobby the state's congressional delegation to oppose that part of the plan. New Jersey has the highest average property taxes in the country.
Murphy camp: Time for ‘sensible gun safety measures’ is now
BOONTON, N.J. (AP) — The campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy says "now" is the time to discuss "sensible gun safety measures."
The comments come after the fatal shooting in Las Vegas that resulted in at least 58 deaths. They came in response to GOP candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno declining on Monday to answer questions about gun control legislation.
Christie asks governor’s candidates to help attract Amazon
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie wants the Democratic and GOP candidates vying to succeed him to help the state land Amazon's second home.
Christie wrote to Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Friday and asked them to sign on to his efforts to get the Seattle-based company to locate in New Jersey, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Democratic group unveils first ad attacking GOP candidate
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association is out with its first ad in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
DGA spokesman Jared Leopold said Thursday that Our New Jersey will begin airing the 30-second spot in Philadelphia broadcast and cable markets Friday.
He says the group is spending $1 million on the advertisement that takes aim at Democrat Phil Murphy's top rival, GOP Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Republican governors’ group attacks Murphy with new ad
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday entered the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie with an ad taking aim at Democrat Phil Murphy.
The new 15-second spot shows a welcome-to-New Jersey sign as a narrator says Murphy believes taxes are not "high enough."
Murphy is leading in polls and fundraising over GOP Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the Nov. 7 election.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be on the ballot in New Jersey this fall, but the newly minted Democratic and Republican nominees for governor are transforming one of only two statewide gubernatorial contests in the country into a race about the unpopular leaders.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wealthy former Goldman Sachs executive and Republican Gov. Chris Christie's top deputy immediately took aim at each other after winning primaries Tuesday in the race to replace the unpopular governor, continuing campaign attacks that have marked the first statewide primary election since President Donald Trump took office.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the New Jersey primary races for governor (all times local):
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is congratulating his top deputy for her primary win while taking a shot at her Democratic opponent, a former Goldman Sachs executive.
Christie congratulated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH'-noh) in a statement released late Tuesday. He says New Jersey can't afford to return to the days of having Wall Street run it.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A city councilman declared victory Tuesday in the Democratic mayoral primary in this seaside gambling resort and immediately signaled he will use Republican Gov. Chris Christie's takeover of the city's political power and physical assets as a weapon against the Republican mayor.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An incumbent New Jersey Republican state senator who sponsored a bill that included a 23-cent gas tax hike has emerged victorious in his primary contest.
State Sen. Steven Oroho defeated William Hayden, of Branchville, in the 24th Legislative District on Tuesday.
It was one of several contested races as voters went to the polls to elect Democratic and Republican candidates for November's gubernatorial and legislative election.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There was more to the New Jersey primary race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie than sparring in debates and attack ads.
Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries have also seen celebrities backing candidates, the potential candidacy of a former "Saturday Night Live" star, frequent invocations of President Donald Trump and repeated references to the Palace of Versailles.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democrats and Republicans will pick their parties' standard-bearers in races to succeed Gov. Chris Christie and to elect a new Legislature in Tuesday's primary.
New Jersey and Virginia are holding the country's only two statewide races this year, the first such contests since President Donald Trump was sworn in.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno spent more than seven years touring the state on behalf of Gov. Chris Christie, cutting ribbons and handing out her cellphone number to voters.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters flipping on their TVs this weekend will be barraged with political ads ahead of Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries.
Half a dozen candidates have spent millions to get on the broadcast and cable in the expensive New York and Philadelphia TV markets. Democratic front-runner Phil Murphy's closing ad promises he will check Republican President Donald Trump. His opponents attack Murphy for his career on Wall Street.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wealthy former Wall Street executive has poured millions of dollars into his gubernatorial campaign, winning endorsements ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary while drawing searing populist attacks from his rivals over his career with the global finance firm Goldman Sachs.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — All the candidates running to replace New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agree that addressing the state's high property taxes is a priority, although any fixes will be closely linked to K-12 education in the state.
Republican candidates in the race have gone after each other over their plans for addressing property taxes, while the Democrats are in agreement that the formula that's supposed to be used to fund schools should be followed.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's next governor will inherit a public pension system that Gov. Chris Christie's Democratic and Republican predecessors underfunded for years.
Christie will be leaving a fund whose payments he has ramped up in recent years after a rocky period beginning in 2014. The Republican governor backed out of a 2010 deal between public workers' unions and the Democrat-led Legislature to increase the state's payments in exchange for benefits cuts.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents will get their first glimpse of the Democrats and Republicans running to succeed Gov. Chris Christie going head-to-head on Tuesday.
The first of a pair of Democratic and Republican debates is set for Stockton University in Galloway. Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, will square off first at 6:30 p.m.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic and Republicans candidates seeking to succeed GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie differ sharply when it comes to environmental issues.
The differences came to the fore when Christie's Environmental Protection commissioner testified recently about his department's budget request for fiscal year 2018 before a Democrat-led legislative committee.
Christie’s successor will face transportation tests
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's next governor stands to inherit a still-stalled plan to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, a transit system racked by recent maintenance and safety issues, and a driving public unhappy about gas tax increases.
Taxes atop the agenda as New Jersey picks a new governor
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers will be filing their taxes this year in the midst of pitched primary fights to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Trump administration's emphasis this week on quashing sanctuary cities' efforts to shelter immigrants without legal permission ricocheted through the New Jersey governor's race.
Democrats vowed to push back against President Donald Trump, setting up a potential showdown over federal funding that the GOP president says is on the line. Republicans, meanwhile, criticize sanctuary cities and question their purpose.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's final budget is a $35.5 billion proposal that will also be the starting point for whoever succeeds him.
Christie's plan is about to start winding its way through the Democrat-controlled Legislature in earnest, with a public hearing set for next week and plans for financial overviews from Treasury and legislative budget officers to start soon after.