Well, it’s New Jersey. It’s a wonderful state, but not exactly Trump country.
Although it does look like the pro-Trump GOP vote was split.
According to the Washington Times:
The most fervent supporters of former President Donald Trump fell short Tuesday in their underdog bids for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in New Jersey, but left with some bragging rights after collecting a sizable share of the vote.
Former State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli proved to be a better fit for the deep-blue state after navigating a tricky four-way primary battle in which he was branded a “Never Trumper” and his rivals touted their devotion to the former president.
Bolstered by a massive fundraising advantage and broad support from the state’s GOP establishment, Mr. Ciattarelli was declared the winner by the New York Times and other news outlets about two hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m.
With 66% of the vote counted, Mr. Ciattarelli had 49.1% of the vote.
Phil Rizzo, a pastor, and Hirsh Singh, an engineer, were locked in a tight battle for second place after battling it out for the Trump mantle during the race.
Mr. Rizzo had 25.4% of the vote, and Mr. Singh had 22.4%
Former Franklin Mayor Brian Levine was lagging far behind with 3.1% of the vote.
Mr. Ciattarelli moves on to face Gov. Phil Murphy. The Democrat did not face a primary and remains popular in the state.
Mr. Ciattarelli’s focus on state’s high property taxes and Mr. Murphy’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic proved to be enough to overcome his complicated history with Mr. Trump in the primary.
In 2015, Mr. Ciattarelli called the tycoon and then-presidential candidate a “charlatan.”