Trump, Christie center stage in race they're not part of

"If we elect Phil Murphy the governor of the state of New Jersey, the only person who will be able to afford to live in New Jersey will be Phil Murphy".

"Four more years of Christie-style politics won't make New Jersey the state where we draw the line against Donald Trump, but we will", Murphy said.

Christie and Guadagno's relationship has always been thought to be tense and has come up in the federal trial of two former aides to the governor who are charged with closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge as part of a political retribution scheme.

A former contestant on "The Apprentice" and Donald Trump campaign backer who got booted from the Republican Party ticket after video surfaced of him using a vulgarity toward a woman has lost a New Jersey election. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno leaves the both after voting during the primary gubernatorial election at the Church of The Precious Blood parish center, Tuesday June 6, 2017 in Monmouth Beach, N.J, New Jers.

Her rivals are Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, Ocean County landscape business owner and actor Joseph "Rudy" Rullo and Atlantic County engineer Hirsh Singh.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Voters in New Jersey are heading to the polls on Tuesday to elect Democratic and Republican candidates for November's legislative election. They will face off November 7 in one of only two governor's races this year, along with Virginia, with Democrats hopeful their promised anti-Trump agenda and voter registration advantage will propel them to victory and jump-start a 2018 congressional comeback.

The Democratic front-runner in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie is disregarding the incumbent's attacks on him as a fraud.

Murphy, who served as USA ambassador to Germany under former President Barack Obama, significantly out-spent his opponents, loaning $15 million to his own campaign.

Murphy faces challenges from former Teaneck firefighter Bill Brennan, one-time Clinton administration Treasury official Jim Johnson, state Sen. Ray Lesniak, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. Guadagno said she plans to pay for the plan partially through a "Trenton audit" that would cut down on bureaucratic spending, but the details have been hazy and her other proposed funding source - natural revenue growth in the budget - is now going nearly entirely to ballooning pension and health care costs. "They care about the cost of college", said Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University. "But what the candidates talk about is Mr. Trump and Mr. Corzine, probably not the concerns of most New Jerseyans".

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