As the day gets closer for New Jersey’s Gubernatorial Election, which happens to be only of the two in the country, two unlikely characters have become the center of discussion – President Trump and New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. The two aren’t even part of the actual race.
However, the two nominees, Former Diplomat and Goldman Sachs Executive Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno have managed to make the election about the two “no so popular” leaders. The former is a Democratic nominee, while the latter comes from the Republican side and was personally endorsed by Christie himself. Murphy has been pitched by the Democrats as a force against Trump and a fresh change from the Christie’s rule. On the other side, Guadagno and the Republicans have been very vocal against Murphy, often citing his role as a former corporate executive in Goldman Sachs and even going on to compare him with former Gov. Jon Corzine, a highly unpopular governor from the Democrat side.
According to Professor of Political Science, Brigid Harrison of the Montclair State University, the race in New Jersey will serve as a testing ground for the Democratic Party’s Anti-Trump rhetoric prior to the mid-term elections. The professor also pointed out that the election would also test the Republican loyalty towards Trump, who happens to be a controversial figure even among his peers. The only state other than New Jersey to have its Gubernatorial Elections is Virginia, where, again, the Democrats are desperately waging a battle against the Trump Administration. The race is also being seen as a way for the Republicans to make adjustments to their overall message, which, thanks to the Trump Administration, has often come under fire.
However, it appears as the Democrats do have an upper hand in New Jersey, considering the 800,000-voter registration and also the political shift that has occurred as a result of Christie’s and Trump’s unpopularity. A poll published last month by Quinnipiac University Poll projected that Murphy would lead the race by a significant margin. However, it also showed that 1,209 voters had yet to make a decision. Virginia will see pragmatic Former Congressman Tom Perriello go against liberal Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Northam promises to levy heavier taxes on the wealthy to fund more social welfare programs for the poor. He has been endorsed by billionaires such as Donald Sussman and George Soros and also, Senator Bernie Sanders.