Democrats have huge night – make significant gains across the region

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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. 

Gov’s Race Heats Up, Bayonne Mayoral Kicks off, New NJ Senators Sworn In

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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. 

Senator Jim Whelan (1948-2017)

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New Jersey lost a true statesman yesterday with the passing of State Senator Jim Whelan.  Whelan, who was preparing to retire from the Senate at the end of this year, served in the Legislature since 2006 and before that as Mayor of Atlantic City.  He was an honest, credible, no-nonsense guy, a good friend and devoted to his family.  He …