In a statement this morning from the Murphy campaign, Mollie Binotto, the Democratic governor’s campaign manager, said “the race is over” and it’s time for Ciattarelli, to drop any effort to challenge the results.
According to the AP, Murphy currently leads Ciatarelli by more than 65,000 votes.
Ciatarelli said in a video released last week Thursday that he will not concede until every legal vote is counted.
Click this link to track your vote and see if it was counted: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/my/home
UPDATE: The New Jersey Republican Committee has responded to the Murphy campaign, saying, “tens of thousands of provisionals still need to be counted.”
The GOP also noted that, ironically, Murphy has only demanded that Jack Ciatierelli concede, but not Senate President Sweeney.
UPDATE: Response from Ciattarelli campaign legal counsel:
“Waiting an additional day or two for all votes to be counted should not be controversial,” said Ciattarelli legal counsel Mark Sheridan. “Let me be clear, no one on this team is alleging fraud or malfeasance, as we have not seen any credible evidence of that. However, the new law Governor Murphy and state Democrats rushed to enact led to this disjointed and excruciatingly slow vote counting process. We still have vote-by-mail ballots outstanding and approximately 70,000 provisional ballots to be counted. At this time, we do not expect the provisional vote count to end with Jack Ciattarelli in the lead. However, that count may reduce the margin for Governor Murphy enough to warrant a full recount. We will make the decision to pursue a recount based on all of the facts, which includes that this is the first time New Jersey is conducting an election under the new law, using new technology and vote counting procedures.”“We understand that Governor Murphy and his team are embarrassed that in a state with 1 million more registered Democrats and where Joe Biden won by 16 points, they are leading by such a small margin,” said Ciattarelli strategist Chris Russell, who also pointed to last week’s down ballot disaster being blamed on Murphy’s poor performance. “But the Murphy campaign attempt to spin their lackluster performance will have no impact on our decision.”