Murphy to replace Christie as New Jersey’s governor

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New Jersey voters will be trading Republican Gov. Chris Christie for Democrat Phil Murphy come January.

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With 99 percent of the districts reporting, Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno 55 percent to 43 percent. More than 2 million votes were cast in the race.

WATCH: Phil Murphy gubernatorial victory speech
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Murphy said that he was "honored and humbled" to win Tuesday's race. He made the comment in an email sent to volunteers and others involved in his campaign.

Murphy said he's ready to get to work and implement his ideas. He was in Hoboken Wednesday morning to personally thank supporters at the Hoboken PATH station.

Murphy emerged victorious after leading Guadagno in the polls and fundraising in a race that revolved, in part, around Christie’s unpopularity. He relentlessly linked Guadagno to Christie, whose approval ratings are abysmal.

Murphy has promised to raise income taxes on millionaires, increase funding for public schools and pensions, and legalize marijuana. His victory marks the first statewide Democratic win during President Donald Trump's administration after Democrats failed to win special congressional races earlier this year.

Murphy made a fortune at Goldman Sachs before serving as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany, but he has never held office before.

Christie said in a statement that he congratulated Murphy and promised to give him his "full support" during the transition.

Christie's last day in office is Jan. 16.

The Associated Press news wire service contributed to this report.

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