It couldn’t have been a more celebratory Election Night at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Montclair Tuesday, with gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy winning by a large margin in town and hometown politicians Brendan Gill and Nia Gill getting re-elected.
As the polls predicted statewide, former Wall Street executive Murphy — with his progressive platform — defeated Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in her quest to succeed her boss, Gov. Chris Christie.
The Montclair Democratic County Committee did its own unofficial vote count at party headquarters on Bloomfield Avenue, and with all but six of the township’s 35 districts being accounted for, Murphy had a 9-to-1 sweep — 8,994 votes to Guadagno’s 994.
In preliminary vote tallies from Essex County election officials, in Montclair Murphy received 10,297 votes, or 88 percent, to Guadagno’s 1,211, or 10 percent. By comparison, statewide Murphy garnered 56 percent of the vote versus Guadagno’s 42 percent, according to NJ.com.
In Montclair Murphy performed best in the Fourth Ward, garnering 93 percent of the vote to Guadagno’s 5 percent. Guadagno had her biggest success in the First Ward, where she received 15 percent of the vote compared with Murphy’s 83 percent.
There were only two gubernatorial races Tuesday, in New Jersey and Virginia, and they were being closely watched as bellwethers of the strength, or weakness, of the GOP and President Donald Trump and his agenda. The Democrats in both states won, with Ralph Northam besting the GOP’s Ed Gillespie in Virginia.