Murphy win in New Jersey boosts Dem chances of holding Menendez seat if senator is convicted

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Democrat Phil Murphy’s victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial race Tuesday has bolstered his party’s chances of holding the seat currently occupied by Bob Menendez – in the event the sitting senator is convicted on corruption charges and leaves office.

Murphy held a double-digit lead in most polls over Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno going into Election Day.

As New Jersey’s next governor, Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany, will be responsible for appointing the entire state Cabinet, judges, prosecutors and other powerful agencies.

On a state level, his win returns the GOP to the minority.

But the win also could have an impact in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans currently hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.

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