The election to find out who would replace Chris Christie took place last night. Residents of New Jersey stood in lines early waiting to vote who would be our next governor. In the end, Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat and former Wall Street banker, defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican and the second in command to Mr. Christie. Murphy, 60, after retiring from Wall Street led the finance arm of the Democratic National Committee for several years, then was U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013. He got an early-bird start on the race for governor with a video announcement of his candidacy in May 2016, saying that while it was "unusual" for a candidate to declare so early, the state's myriad problems "can't wait" any longer for solutions.
Murphy was the clear favorite to succeed two-term Republican Gov. Chris Christie, after outspending and out-polling his main challenger, Kim Guadagno, a Republican who currently serves as New Jersey's lieutenant governor.
He has promised a progressive agenda where recreational marijuana would be legalized, payments to public worker pension funds would be bolstered, the minimum wage would be boosted to $15 an hours, and the state’s already tough gun laws would be further tightened. As such, a wide range of marijuana advocacy groups, labor unions and anti-gun unions sent public statements to Murphy congratulating him on his victory.
Christie during his tenure had vetoed a number of gun control measures. Murphy has promised to sign them all into law.