Kim Guadagno (R) faces Phil Murphy (D) to succeed Chris Christie (R).

Voters will resolve on Nov. 7 whether or not Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno or Democrat Phil Murphy will change into New Jersey’s 56th governor.

For these nonetheless familiarizing themselves with the 2 major-party candidates, are on the fence or just need to be taught extra about the place they stand on points essential to New Jersey’s future, here’s a temporary information on their positions and who they’re. 

Kim Guadagno, Republican


Record State House reporter Dustin Racioppi and political columnist Charles Stile interview GOP gubernatorial hopeful Kim Guadagno at a diner in Eatontown on May 22, 2017
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Name: Kim Guadagno (pronounced Gwa-don-no)

Age: 58

Hometown: Monmouth Beach

Family: Husband, Michael, and kids Kevin, 24; Michael, 21; and Anderson, 17.

Education: Political science diploma from Ursinus College, 1980; legislation diploma from American University, 1983.

Prior Experience: Lieutenant governor, 2010-present; Monmouth County Sheriff 2007-2010; Monmouth Beach commissioner, 2005-2007; badistant state lawyer common, 1999-2001; badistant United States lawyer for district of New Jersey, 1991-1999; United States Organized Crime Strike Force in Brooklyn,1988-1991.

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Top platform

Property taxes: Guadagno says decreasing property tax invoice is her No. 1 precedence. She has proposed a property tax “circuit breaker” that would supply reduction to middle-clbad householders. It would cap the college portion of a property tax invoice at 5 p.c of a family’s revenue, with a most restrict of $three,000 in financial savings. The plan has been extensively criticized as a result of it depends on about $1.5 billion in financial savings and income development at a time when the state is struggling to fulfill its modest income projections. Guadagno says she is going to make tax reduction a precedence and discover the cash.

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Where she stands

Taxes: Opposes all tax will increase. She has promised that, if elected, she is not going to run for a second time period if she doesn’t decrease property taxes. 

School Funding: Favors restructuring the school-funding method. Says extra cash going to over-funded college districts needs to be redirected to property tax reduction, which might immediate a authorized problem. Guadagno says she needs one, as a result of it could require making a “full, fleshed-out record” so political leaders can “find out what the facts are.” 

Marijuana: Favors decriminalizing marijuana however is against legalizing it for leisure use. 

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Climate change: Guadagno says she is “not a climate denier.” And as a resident of the Jersey Shore, she mentioned, “I strongly believe we must protect our environment by leading on things like renewable energy.” She favors New Jersey re-joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program that Gov. Chris Christie pulled out of, and mentioned the state ought to “actively work to grow the green economy to create thousands of good-paying jobs.” 

Health care: Guadagno views the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, as a “disaster.” But she additionally doesn’t consider the roughly 500,000 folks in New Jersey who profit from the well being legislation ought to lose protection. She mentioned Congress should “pbad a plan to ensure people can get their health care, cover pre-existing conditions and lower costs for consumers.” She is towards single-payer well being care as a result of, she mentioned, it’ll result in “dramatic tax increases, reduce the quality of care and force New Jersey doctors out of business.” 

Phil Murphy, Democrat


Democrat Phil Murphy talks about himself and points going through New Jersey with The Record’s editorial board.
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Age: 60

Hometown: Middletown

Family: Wife, Tammy, and kids Josh, 19; Emma, 17; Charlie, 15; and Sam, 13. 

Education: Economics diploma from Harvard University, 1979; masters of enterprise administration from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1983. 

Prior Experience: U.S. ambbadador to Germany, 2009 to 2013; Democratic National Committee finance chairman, 2006-2009; retired from Goldman Sachs in 2003; chaired New Jersey Benefits Task Force, 2005; board member NAACP, 180 Turning Lives Around, 2nd Floor teen helpline; founder coverage organizations New Start New Jersey and New Way for New Jersey. 

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Top platform

Public financial institution: Murphy has proposed that New Jersey turns into the second state within the nation to run a financial institution. North Dakota established its financial institution a century in the past. Murphy’s intention is to make use of the financial institution as a lending home for  low-interest loans to college students, companies and municipalities. That cash would then be reinvested within the state reasonably than firms that don’t have any obligation to spend it right here. Murphy’s plan has many skeptics, together with bankers, who mainly fear state financial institution would take away liquidity from struggling group banks. 

Clean power: Murphy goals to transition New Jersey to 100 p.c clear power by 2050. He proposes doing so by rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, prioritizing and increasing photo voltaic power, utilizing offshore wind and rising funding and incentives for power effectivity.  

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Where he stands

Taxes: He has mentioned that “everything’s on the table,” however has dedicated to elevating taxes on high-income earners and taxing the sale of marijuana whether it is legalized. He has additionally mentioned he is open to contemplating a particular tax devoted to NJ Transit. Murphy’s marketing campaign informed the Observer that it plans on elevating about $1.three billion a yr in new income from the taxes. 

School Funding: Fully fund the method established underneath Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. 

Marijuana: Legalize for leisure use with gross sales taxed by state.

Climate change: Murphy has proposed a plan for New Jersey to transition to 100 p.c clear power by 2050. Like Guadagno, he would additionally re-join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He’s been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, which calls him the “clean energy champ.” 

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Health care: Given the uncertainty in Washington, D.C., over well being care, Murphy has mentioned that every one choices are on the desk, together with consideration of a Medicare-for-all system in New Jersey. “We’re going to have to do what it takes,” he has mentioned. Murphy opposes makes an attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and strip protection of present Medicaid recipients. He mentioned he intends to revive roughly $7.5 million in annual funding for Planned Parenthood that Christie routinely vetoed, and desires to decrease “excessive” out-of-network prices that he says would badist decrease premiums. 

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