The results of New Jersey’s election for governor can be “authorized and honest” irrespective of the end result, Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli stated Thursday in his first feedback since The Related Press declared incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy the election’s winner.
Ciattarelli has not conceded the election.
“No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted,” Ciattarelli stated within the 2-minute video clip posted on Twitter.
Ciattarelli, a former Meeting member, stated he’ll look ahead to the state’s 21 counties to full counting hundreds of mail-in and different ballots, which may take till subsequent week, earlier than deciding whether or not to ask for a recount.
Beneath state legislation, there is no such thing as a automated recount and the celebration looking for one should file a swimsuit in state Superior Courtroom within the county the place the recount is requested.
The AP known as the race Wednesday night when a brand new batch of votes from Monmouth County — which Ciattarelli received by practically 20 proportion factors — elevated Murphy’s lead and closed the door to a Ciattarelli comeback.
Ballots remaining to be counted embody a big variety of votes from predominantly Democratic Essex County, together with mail-in votes unfold throughout different counties. Murphy has received the mail-in vote by a large margin even in Republican-leaning counties like Monmouth.
On the time of AP’s name, there was nonetheless a big variety of ballots to be counted in Democrat-leaning counties, together with Essex and Mercer. That is why Murphy’s lead continued to develop after AP declared him the winner.
Mail ballots made up a little bit greater than 20 % of all votes in New Jersey. Democrats throughout the nation have dominated mail-in voting because the 2020 presidential election, after former President Donald Trump claimed, with out proof, that they had been prone to fraud. Since then, Republicans have been a lot much less probably to vote by mail, even in states the place they historically received the mail vote.
Ciatterelli took the lead within the vote depend Tuesday evening as Republican-leaning counties reported their votes sooner than the extra Democratic counties, and with many counties but to report outcomes from their mail ballots. The race flipped for Murphy Wednesday morning after extra votes got here in from Burlington, Bergen, Hudson and Camden.
As of Thursday night, Murphy’s lead stood at 44,000 votes out of practically 2.5 million votes counted. His margin over Ciattarelli was 1.8 proportion factors.
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly received reelection Wednesday, eking out a victory that spared Democrats the lack of a second gubernatorial seat. NBC New York’s Brian Thompson reviews.
Ciattarelli additionally addressed feedback on-line elevating as-yet unfounded considerations concerning the integrity of the election.
“I don’t want people falling victim to wild conspiracy theories or online rumors,” he stated. “Whereas consideration is paid to any and all credible reviews, please don’t consider all the things you learn or see on-line.
“I promise you, regardless of the end result, the election outcome can be authorized and honest,” he added.
The slender margin shocked many and went towards public polling within the race, which indicated Murphy had a much bigger lead. On Thursday, a type of pollsters printed an op-ed apologizing for lacking the margin within the race. “I blew it,” stated Monmouth College Polling Institute director Patrick Murray.
Murphy turned the primary Democrat to win reelection in 44 years. In a speech Wednesday evening, he indicated he’ll stick with it the progressive insurance policies he pursued in his first time period.
Ciattarelli, know as a reasonable whereas within the Legislature, campaigned towards the state’s excessive taxes and stated Murphy had swung the state too far to the left. He is additionally courted supporters of former President Donald Trump by praising his insurance policies and saying he supported him in 2020.