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Christie, Corzine not on ballot in 2017, but still in play

By MICHAEL CATALINIOctober 9, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The legacies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his Democratic predecessor Jon Corzine could haunt the race to become New Jersey’s next top executive.

It’s a year away, but the 2017 race to succeed Christie as governor already has a leading candidate: former U.S. ambassador to Germany and Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy.

Republicans are tagging Murphy to former one-term Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who helped fund the party during his time running for and in office. And Democrats relish the chance to hang Christie, who has record low approval in New Jersey, around Republicans’ necks.

The contest came into sharp focus just as the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump enters the final month of campaigning.

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