New Jersey’s 2017 elections appear to be going in the direction that many predicted - friendly to moderate / mainstream candidates and lethal for those with strict allegiance on either side of the aisle. After eight years as the state’s chief executive, Republican Chris Christie now has incredibly low approval ratings (thanks to both Bridgegate and his support of Trump’s candidacy) - dragging down the GOP’s general election chances of political success.
One example of this bad fortune is with Joseph Rudy Rullo - an actor with deep loyalty to President Trump’s agenda and whose campaign centered around “draining the swamp in Trenton” should he have won the governorship. He finished with just around 6% of the votes in the primary, with Kim Guadagno taking the nomination with a convincing 15% separation between her closest opponent in a 5-way race.
Guadagno is New Jersey’s current Lieutenant Governor and a former attorney and sheriff, taking particular interest in business development as her tenure serving with Christie. She is a moderate Republican, a parallel to the Democrats’ choice in Phil Murphy - a millionaire former investment banker whose only political experience was as Ambassador to Germany under President Obama.
In 2017, New Jersey voters have already rejected extreme candidates, even as political rhetoric and behaviors around the country continue to heat up. Check back next week for another great blog!