Trump, Christie center stage in race they're not part of

In her victory speech Tuesday, she contrasted herself with the term-limited governor without mentioning his name and then slammed Murphy's Goldman Sachs career, as his five primary opponents had done.

A former Wall Street banker will face off against Gov. Chris Christie's top deputy in New Jersey's gubernatorial election this November.

Murphy is a former ambassador under President Barack Obama and one-time Goldman Sachs executive who loaned his campaign $16 million.

The state's gubernatorial primary has been the subject of much less national attention than a spate of four special elections for House seats and next week's primary in the Virginia governor's race - in part because polls in New Jersey have shown each party has a clear leading candidate to replace current Gov. Chris Christie.

Guadagno has hundreds of days of experience on the job, as, over the past several years, she has become acting governor when Christie travels out of state.

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRISTIE: She's generally been unsubtle in moving away from Christie, who did not weigh in during the primary until announcing Tuesday that he had voted for her, making her campaign slogan "better".

Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy and New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno have clinched the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, for New Jersey governor. She said she opposed a transportation funding plan the governor enacted that also raised the gas tax. "My principles are Main Street principles".

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New Jersey is one of only two states with governor races in the country this year. He has said he would campaign if asked, but it's unclear whether his assistance would help or hurt, since about three-quarters of voters disapprove of his job performance.

Democrats Nancy J. Pinkin, now a member of the Assembly and formerly a member of the East Brunswick Town Council, and Robert Karabinchak, who is filling the seat vacated by Patrick Diegnan, will face Republicans April Bengivenga and Lewis Glogower in the race for two seats in the New Jersey State Assembly for the 18th District.

None of the Democratic or Republican parties' top leaders faced primary challenges on Tuesday.

Christie remained neutral during the campaign but said Tuesday that he voted for Guadagno.

New Jersey voters will pick their candidates to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The GOP ballot includes Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerville), Nutley Commissioner of Public Affairs Steven Rogers, businessman Joseph Rullo, and engineer and businessman Hirsh Singh.

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