NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno, Murphy Make Final Push

Kim Guadagno. Kevin B Sanders for Observer

Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy crisscrossed the state during the final weekend of the New Jersey governor’s race, making their closing arguments to voters before Tuesday’s election.

Guadagno stopped at diners, VFWs, a church and a hot dog restaurant as part of her jam-packed statewide bus tour. She got help from former Republican governors Tom Kean and Christie Whitman, who stumped for her on Sunday. Murphy, meanwhile, rallied with union leaders, Sen. Cory Booker and rock star Jon Bon Jovi, who performed in Asbury Park.

Both candidates have received millions of dollars in public matching funds for their campaigns, but neither gave a dollar to the program when they filled out their 2016 tax returns, according to NJ.com.

Poll of the Day: In perhaps the closest legislative race in New Jersey this year, a poll commissioned by Democrats shows Vin Gopal up by 1 point over state Sen. Jen Beck (R-Monmouth). The results came after General Majority PAC, the George Norcross-aligned super PAC, dropped nearly $900,000 into the race. Observer obtained a copy of the poll a day before the Tuesday election.

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Guadagno, Murphy Both Vow to Hire More Women If Elected
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Brown Up By 3 Points in Tight NJ Senate Race, Poll Says
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Candidates for Governor Crisscross New Jersey in a Final Push
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New super PAC drops more than $400K against normally safe North Jersey Republicans
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Meet Murphy and Guadagno (Tammy and Michael), the candidates’ spouses
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A look at who supports Guadagno and who supports Murphy
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Disgraced former Jersey City councilman paid by Fulop mayoral campaign
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NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno, Murphy Make Final Push