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Murphy Faces Pressure on N.J. Taxes, Jobs Growth in Second Term

Nov. 4, 2021, 1:15 PM

Phil Murphy will start a rare second term for a Democratic New Jersey governor facing pressure to rein in taxes, fund mass transit and finish the job on Covid-19 recovery.

He’ll do it with the added challenges brought on by his unexpectedly narrow victory over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, who has not yet conceded. After leading in recent polls by as much as 11 percentage points, Murphy was declared the winner Wednesday by the Associated Press. With 99% of precincts reporting as of Thursday, he led by 1.5 points -- 35,718 votes out of 2.5 million counted.

Phil Murphy greets attendees after speaking during an election night event in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on Nov. 3.
Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

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