Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise, also a Jersey City Council-at-Large-elect, is thanking local voters for re-electing Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to a second term.
“Hudson County voters overwhelmingly supported Governor Murphy because we know that his policies are lifting up working and middle class families and making a real difference in our lives,” she said in a statement.
“From raising the minimum wage to making community college tuition free to investing in our public schools and so much more, Governor Murphy has delivered tor Hudson County and I am so proud that we were able to deliver for him in spite of a continuing pandemic that has made organizing much more difficult and national headwinds that dampened voter enthusiasm.”
First Lady Tammy Murphy joined DeGise’s get out the vote (GOTV) efforts in the Jersey City Heights on Tuesday, which couldn’t have hurt her bid for council-at-large, where she secured at least 17,568 votes – good enough to claim the third seat up for grabs by a wide margin.
As for the governor, he notched 84,484 votes in navy blue Hudson County, good for over 73 percent of the vote, where turnout was just above 29 percent countywide.
The AP called the race on Wednesday and it appears Murphy will defeat Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli by around two to three precent of the vote, though vote-by-mail and provisional ballots are still being tabulated.
An analysis by Axios shows that Hudson was the only county to turnout for Murphy as much as the did for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden the previous year.
In 2017, where Murphy easily defeated then-Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), the voter turnout in Hudson was 34.26 percent and Murphy received 88,271 votes, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.
The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics indicates that there were 40,036 more Hudson County Democrats registered for this election than there were in 2017, an increase of about 21 percent.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Murphy pollster Danny Franklin said the governor ended up a much tighter race than polls predicted (anywhere from an eight- to 12-point margin) since red counties vastly outperformed blue ones.
” … In Ocean County, where I think the Governor polls in the low thirties, and there are a fair number of votes, turnout over 2017 jumped thirty-ish per cent. Other smaller Republican counties—Sussex, Warren, Cape May, Monmouth—all places where the Governor got forty per cent of the vote or less, all of those jumped twenty per cent or more in turnout relative to 2017,” he told the magazine.
“Votes are still being counted, but I would be surprised if any of the big Democratic counties—Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Union—jumped more than ten per cent.”