N.J. Dems are still debating what the election results mean. What does this hold for Murphy’s 2nd term?

“I think the wins in some parts of the Legislature show New Jersey is still a true-blue state,” said Weinberg, who is retiring in January. “I think the losses in other parts show there are many voters who are upset bread-and-butter issues — taxes, that kind of thing. There isn’t an overall in the way I look at this.”

Julia Sass Rubin, a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, agreed.

“I think it’s a very mixed message,” Sass Rubin said. “Clearly, there was a red wave in parts of the state. The turnout in some counties was up substantially for Republicans. In other places, Democrats performed much better than 2017. It was really uneven.”

NJ.com, November 13, 2021