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Voters to pick party nominees in state legislative races

12 June 2017

Chris Christie won't be on the ballot in New Jersey this fall.

The results are in - Phil Murphy won the Democratic nomination in the New Jersey's gubernatorial primary and Kim Guadagno won the Republican primary.

Murphy, a former USA ambassador to Germany who became wealthy during a career at Goldman Sachs, spread political donations around the state in the run-up to the primary, spurring accusations from his rivals that he was buying the election.

New Jersey's primaries are limited to registered Democrats and Republicans.

In New Jersey, though, the double blow of Trump's underwater approval rating and Christie's historic unpopularity - (in December, Quinnipiac University found his approval rating at 19%, the lowest of any governor in any state in more than 20 years of polling) - have made for a tougher-than-usual atmosphere for Republicans in an already mostly blue state.

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy speaks with the media after voting in the state's primary election at the Fairview Elementary School in Middletown, N., J., Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Republicans and Democrats throughout the state went to the polls to make choices for nominees in a number of New Jersey primary elections on Tuesday, June 6th.

Democrats will be running their campaign as a referendum on the president, she said, while Republicans will look to highlight Murphy's Wall Street ties and comparisons to former Gov. Jon Corzine. "My principles are Main Street principles". Guadagno has served as Christie's top deputy since they were elected in 2009. He has said he would campaign if asked, but it's unclear whether his assistance would help or hurt, since about three-quarters of voters disapprove of his job performance.

New Jersey is one of only two states with governor races in the country this year. Democratic rival Johnson criticized Murphy for presiding over Goldman Sachs Asia at a time when the division profited from an investment in Yue Yuen Industrial, a company with documented labor abuses.

Sharyn Kingston, 25, of Freehold, said she was wary of Murphy's "Goldman Sachs connections" but voted for him because he's best suited for the job and can win the election.

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John Parilla, 75, an immigration lawyer from Alpine, voted for Guadagno and said he likes the range of experience she brings to the job.

Guadagno defeated fellow Republicans Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, Ocean County landscape business owner and actor Joseph "Rudy" Rullo and Atlantic County engineer Hirsh Singh.

He faced a challenge from five other candidates.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is favored to win the GOP primary over a Trump's former state campaign chairman.

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