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What’s the plan?

By most accounts, last week’s debate between Gov. Phil Murphy and former Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli went as expected. Both candidates swung at each other over topics such as masking, COVID-19 vaccines, abortion and LGBT issues, and were frequently interrupted by applause or jeers from the audience. But the lack of policy details left many observers wondering just how the state would be run over the next four years.

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From left, Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli listens as incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, speaks during a gubernatorial debate at Rowan University's Pfleeger Concert Hall on Oct. 12, 2021, in Glassboro

Murphy, Ciattarelli spar at final debate

The second and last meeting ahead of November's election remained scant on details for the state’s business and economic climate, with both gubernatorial candidates being prodded several times by moderators to answer the question being asked to them: former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, for example, on what he would cut from the “bloated” state budget, and Gov. Phil Murphy on the cost of his 2050 clean energy goals.

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