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NEWARK, N.J.– In the run for New Jersey governor, an exclusive PIX11 News, NewsNation, Emerson College poll shows incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy with a lead, but Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli within striking distance.

Half of voters surveyed favor re-electing Murphy; with 44% favoring Ciattarelli, a businessman and former assemblyman; and 7% undecided.

The poll, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.9%, shows an even closer race when the undecided voters are allocated. Murphy leads Ciattarelli 52% – 48%.

PIX11 will host an hour-long forum from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday featuring in depth interviews with both candidates, with special coverage beginning at 6:30pm.

Watch the forum live here.

New Jersey’s off-year race to lead the state, among the hardest hit by COVID, is looked at by some national political analysts as a measure of how tighter safety restrictions on things like masks and vaccines are playing with voters.

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