Is anyone paying attention to this year’s gubernatorial election in New Jersey? Apparently not, but they are going ahead with the vote anyway. Yesterday they held a primary in the state to determine the party candidates for the general election later in the year and here’s what happened:
Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, won the Democratic nomination. Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor, won for the Republicans.
As a Wall Street guy, Murphy’s nomination won’t thrill many progressives, but Guadagno is probably so toxic by virtue of her proximity to Gov. Christie that it won’t matter much. In a head-to-head matchup a recent poll has Murphy leading Guadagno by a 50 to 25 point margin.
Maybe because everyone expects New Jersey to go blue this year no one is paying the process any mind, but for a while there Christie was a Trump guy until he became too much of a liability. That’s right, too much of a liability for Trump. Think about that.
Maybe not a referendum on Trump because Christie is a disaster in his own right, but I’ll take it.