(New York) Outgoing New Jersey Governor Democrat Phil Murphy was re-elected on Wednesday with a much lower-than-expected lead over his Republican challenger, allowing Democrats to keep their face down, further weakening Joe Biden after losing in Virginia.
Phil Murphy was re-elected with just 50.1% of the vote, followed by Republican Jack Ciatrelli with 49.1% of the vote, with nearly 20,000 votes out of a possible 2.4, covering 90% of the ballots counted. Total million votes.
“Polls gave Phil Murphy between 8 and 12 points, so this is a surprise,” said Saladin Amber, a professor of political science at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden won 57% of the vote in New Jersey, 41% of the vote for Donald Trump, and Phil Murphy won the state in 2017 with 56% of the vote.
Political analysts see this as a translation of local and national issues in the neighboring state of New York, home to nearly nine million people.
“In a state where taxes and especially property taxes are a major issue for Democrats, it is very difficult for a governor to continue in office,” he told the AFP, the last time a Democratic governor has continued in office. Was in 1977.
But according to him, Governor Murphy was also a “victim” of Joe Biden’s popularity and the American president, who was embroiled in intermittent negotiations to approve two major investment plans, “not capable of working in Congress”.
In Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Terry McAliffe, although the former governor of this state (2014-2018) won over Joe Biden Donald Trump a year ago.
“The national context is important and will remain the same in the 2022 midterm elections,” Mr Amber added.
On the east coast of the United States, New York Mayor Eric Adams won a landslide victory in Tuesday’s local elections, becoming the former police officer 1.Is January is the second black mayor of the economic and cultural megalopolis.
The winds of change also blew in Boston, the state capital of Massachusetts, where Democrat Michelle Wu, 36, and daughter of Taiwanese immigrants were elected mayor.
The lawyer, who describes herself as “the mother and daughter of immigrants”, is the successor to Mayor Kim Jong Un, who was appointed to serve as interim director of the U.S. federal government after Marty Walsh’s departure this year.
Michelle Wu is the first woman and first person from the minority to be elected to this position in this city with a population of over 600,000, the oldest in the United States.