While many races and ballot questions were decided on Election Night, several notable contests remain too close to call. TrueNorth is pleased to present this comprehensive Election Day recap.
In one of the most anticipated midterm elections in decades and a race that was widely interpreted as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s tumultuous first two years in office, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. Republicans retained control of the United States Senate and expanded their majority. Democrats also made gains at the State level, capturing seven governorships. A number of key races in New Jersey and New York gave Democrats the gains they needed to regain control of the House for the first time since 2011. The New Jersey-New York region grew decidedly bluer and a number of key races contributed to Democratic takeover of the House.
It’s been a few months since the last edition of TrueNorth visited your inbox and we’re pleased to be back. With six weeks before the midterm elections, a full plate for the New Jersey Legislature this Fall, and important policy and political happenings throughout the region, this “back to school” edition of TrueNorth is a must-read.
Phil Murphy won his gubernatorial contest by a significant margin. Democratic majorities in New Jersey’s Legislature grew. Bill de Blasio overwhelmingly won a second term. Political power shifted substantially in New York City suburbs. Election night was a clear victory for Democrats in the region. Murphy’s robust win combined with Ralph Northam’s larger-than-expected win in the Virginia gubernatorial have national Democrats and many political pundits claiming a rejection of President Trump’s first year in office.
Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno square off in their second and final debate at 7pm tonight at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. In light of the low viewership of the first debate, a big question is how many people will change channels from Game 5 of the Yankees-Astros ALCS (5:08pm first pitch). Keep reading for our observations on the first debate, the LG debate, and other key developments from the trail. We also spotlight a key 2018 mayoral battle that kicked off last week in Hudson County and two recently-filled vacancies in the New Jersey Senate.
In this issue of TrueNorth, we take a moment to revel in our first year in business. We also spotlight ongoing drama related to the Gateway Program and we bring you up to date on the New Jersey Governor’s race.
In this issue of TrueNorth we explore the funding complexities surrounding Gateway, a program of rail infrastructure improvements that includes a vitally needed new tube under the Hudson. We also peer inside the Beltway to see how one of our own, Congressman Tom MacArthur, is positioning himself on issues like ACA reform. We take a closer look at the fight for primacy at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as Jersey pols push back on aggressive maneuvering by New York Governor Cuomo. And we thank everyone who attended the inaugural event at our new offices.
Read our coverage of action in Trenton to jumpstart funding for road, bridge and transit work made possible by last Fall’s TTF deal. Also check out our synopsis of new developments in the race for Governor as well as President Trump’s recent appointment of Governor Christie to chair a newly formed national Addiction Commission.
New Jerseyans took to the polls on election day, casting votes for President, Congress, and various state and local offices. Voters also weighed in on two ballot questions that would potentially have far-reaching impacts on New Jersey’s economy. Read on for an overview of these races, along with our insight and analysis.