Phil Murphy extends lead over Ciattarelli as ballot counting continues in urban centers

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NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has overtaken his challenger, Republican Jack Ciattarelli as ballot-counting continues across Democrat-controlled counties.

Murphy has increased his lead to 15,000 votes as counting continues in Passaic, Essex, Union, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties, traditionally known as Democrat strongholds in the state.

Murphy now has 1,200,803 votes compared to Ciattarelli’s 1,185,569 votes.

Online, some New Jerseyans are wondering how Ciattarelli’s lead had vanished overnight as ballot counting continued in those counties, leading some to speculate voter fraud, but days ago Ciattarelli reaffirmed his faith and trust in the New Jersey election process, saying he is confident New Jersey will not have the problems seen in 2020 in other states.

What’s happening is large numbers of mail-in ballots and provisional ballots in New Jersey urban centers are being counted, according to multiple election sources in the state. Republican officials said they are prepared to challenge the election results if necessary.