Voters, meet the candidates: 1st debate for governor held

GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters have gotten an in-depth look at Democrats and Republicans running to succeed GOP Gov. Chris Christie.

Democrats took aim at wealthy front-runner Phil Murphy during Tuesday’s first primary debates, which also saw Republicans attack each other and distance themselves from Christie. The debates lacked the kind of rhetorical fireworks that accompanied last year’s presidential debates, but offered candidates a chance to present themselves to a mostly undecided field of primary voters. The Democrats meet again Thursday in Newark for their second and final debate on NJTV. Republicans will meet May 18, also in Newark on NJTV. The primary is June 6.