NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno, Murphy Duke It Out in First Debate

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy battled over a wide range of issues Tuesday night in their first televised debate of the New Jersey governor’s race.

Guadagno, the Republican nominee, homed in property taxes and painted Murphy as vague about his campaign promises. And Murphy, the Democratic nominee, was at times light on details on how to fully fund cash-starved schools and pensions. He repeatedly tied Guadagno, the current lieutenant governor, to the deeply unpopular Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie still hopes President Trump will declare a national emergency on opioid addiction before the end of the year, even though it’s been two months since he proposed the idea. The president has not yet signed an executive order declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency.

And during the ongoing corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, prosecutors alleged the senator spoke with then Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in 2012 to help co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the wealthy donor accused of bribing Menendez.

Quote of the Day: “Quite frankly, Phil, that sounds like the Chris Christie plan.” — Kim Guadagno using Phil Murphy’s tactic of mentioning Chris Christie against him.

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NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno, Murphy Duke It Out in First Debate