Murphy, Ciattarelli battle amid jeers and cheers

The two major candidates for governor debated the pandemic, the economy and more

The candidates dueled for an hour Tuesday night as a rowdy crowd jeered and cheered during the final debate between incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. Viewers of the debate, co-sponsored by Rowan University, NJ PBS, and WYNC, witnessed verbal jousting on the pandemic, the economy and more.

“If doing what they had to do meant getting through the night, making their points, appealing to their bases, they both did that. That’s where the tie goes to the person who’s ahead,” said one analyst. Before the debate, Murphy was up by between nine and 13 points, according to the latest polls.

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