Phil Murphy’s win was … Trump’s fault? Not so fast
It seems that every time there's an election loss, or something goes awry in the political world, the anti-Trump pundits and pols love to place the blame squarely on Donald Trump.
Even in discussions on Chasing News, I've had panelists blame Trump for the rise in sexual harassment accusations. You really can't make this stuff up.
Here's a dose of reality, the Democrats won in both gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey for just about every reason EXCEPT Donald Trump. First, there's the historical trend. In 2009, Republicans won in both Virginia and New Jersey, after Barack Obama was swept into office in 2008. In 2001, after George W. Bush became president in 2000, Democrats won in New Jersey and Virginia as well. In 1993, Republicans won in Virginia and New Jersey after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992.
Then there's the overwhelming facts about the disaster that Republican incumbent Chris Christie was to his own party. Was it ever really possible that a Republican who served as the lieutenant governor for the most unpopular governor in our history going to win? Probably not. Although I argued she would've been a better choice, the election is over and reality is setting in.
One of the voices of reality and common sense is my friend and former Chasing News colleague, Ronica Cleary. She's a "Jersey Girl" who is serving as the political/White House correspondent for Fox 5 in Washington, D.C.. She joined me Friday morning on the air to talk about all of the reasons that the New Jersey election was decided in the Democrat's favor.
Her belief, and I agree, is that anti-Trump pundits who are blaming Trump for Kim's loss are clearly not from New Jersey. You can take the "girl out of Jersey" but you can't take the "Jersey out of the girl."
Ronica will be checking in from time to time as she's on the ground in the White House Press room gathering critical information about the administration's decisions and how they may impact us here in the Garden State.
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