After eight years of Republican Chris Christie, New Jersey voters on Tuesday chose a Democrat as their next governor.

Unofficial results on Wednesday morning had former U.S. ambassador Phil Murphy beating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno with more than 1.1 million votes to her 852,000.

Murphy's largest sources of votes were Essex County, which gave him more than 121,000 votes, and Bergen, which gave him another 121,000.

The county that gave him the largest margin of victory was immigrant-rich Hudson, which he won by a whopping 62 points.

He also won Camden, Mercer and Union by more than 30 points each.

Guadagno's base of support was no match for Murphy's. Her best county was Ocean, which she won by 26 points. The Republican stronghold gave her less than 98,000 votes. She won her home county of Monmouth by 12 points.

Guadagno won eight counties — one less than President Trump, who also won Gloucester.

Among the five third-party candidates, former Long Hill mayor Gina Genovese, who ran on a platform of consolidating state's hundreds of municipalities and school districts, had the best showing, with more than 11,200 votes statewide. She got 2.5 percent of the vote in Salem and passed 1 percent in Sussex and Warren.


Phil Murphy — 1,113,353
Kim Guadagno — 851,696
Gina Genovese — 11,261
Seth Kaper-Dale — 9,233
Peter Rohrman — 9,739
Vincent Ross — 4,574
Matthew Riccardi — 6,434

How New Jersey Decided

Darker blue and deeper red means larger margins of victory for Murphy or Guadagno, respectively. Tighter margins are represented in purple. Click on a county to see the unofficial vote totals for each candidate.

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