Democrat Phil Murphy frontrunner in NJ Governor race

Joe Biden is scheduled to be in New Jersey over the Memorial Day weekend to stump for Phil Murphy, the consensus Democratic front-runner for governor.

Gov. Christie is term-limited which is probably lucky for him as he is one of the most unpopular governors in the country.

Murphy has a double-digit lead for the Democratic nomination, although nearly half of voters are undecided this late. The frontrunner for the Republicans is Kim Guadagno, lieutenant governor under Christie. A poll done in April showed Murphy with a 47-25 percent lead in a head-to-head matchup with Guadagno.

According to NJ.com:

Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs banking executive, is one of six Democrats for the party’s nomination. He’s leading opinion polls by double digits and has spent about $18.4 million on the race — nearly four times more than the other 10 major-party contenders combined. He has lent his campaign more than $15.1 million.

The primary is on June 6th. The general election is this November. New Jersey and Virginia are the only states to have gubernatorial elections this year.

Most handicappers see the New Jersey race as Lean or Likely Democrat. Looks like Christie has made this one pretty toxic for fellow Republicans.

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