Democrat Phil Murphy wins New Jersey governor's election: US media

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Democrat Phil Murphy was elected governor of New Jersey on Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC projected, sweeping to victory in the race to succeed unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie on a liberal agenda that included a $15 minimum wage and increased school funding.

Murphy, a former investment banker and ambassador to Germany, beat Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who was hampered by her association with Christie and lagged in fundraising. A one-time presidential candidate, Christie has hit record-low approval ratings as he closes out his eight-year tenure in the Democratic-leaning state.

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NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 19: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey , speaks at a rally on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was later joined by former President Barack Obama This is Obama's first return to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 19: Former U.S. President Barack Obama (right) stands on stage with Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey, on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. In Obama's first return to the campaign trail, the former president is stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running for the governor of New Jersey speaks to attendees during a rally on October 24, 2017 in Paramus, New Jersey. The gubernatorial election of 2017 will take place on November 7, where Democratic candidate Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno lead the polls in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
ASBURY PARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 07: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy attends a news conference with son Sam after voting on election day November 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are the two major party candidates vying to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
ASBURY PARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 07: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy attends a news conference with his wife Tammy Murphy after voting on election day November 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are the two major party candidates vying to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey , speaks at a rally on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was later joined by former President Barack Obama This is Obama's first return to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections.(Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks on stage in support of Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey, on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. In Obama's first return to the campaign trail, the former president is stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Phil Murphy, the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of New Jersey, arrives to vote in Middletown, New Jersey, U.S., November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Phil Murphy, a candidate for governor of New Jersey, speaks during the First Stand Rally in Newark, N.J., U.S. January 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Former Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden shakes hands with Phil Murphy, a candidate for Governor of New Jersey during a political rally in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A Muslim congregation attending Eid al-Fitr prayers and celebrations are addressed by Phil Murphy, a gubernatorial candidate, at a park in South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, U.S., on June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
PARAMUS, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Former president Bill Clinton (C) greets to attendees next Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, (R) who is running for the governor of New Jersey during a rally on October 24, 2017 in Paramus, New Jersey. The gubernatorial election of 2017 will take place on November 7, where Democratic candidate Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno lead the polls in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama (L), Sheila Oliver (C), Democratic candidate for Lt Governor walk on stage in support of Democratic candidate Phil Murphy (R), who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey, on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. In Obama's first return to the campaign trail, the former president is stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Candidate for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivers remarks to an audience in Mount Laurel, NJ on August 15, 2017. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - SEPTEMBER 23: SiriusXM's Dean Obeidallah Hosts A Town Hall Event With Phil Murphy, Democratic Nominee For Governor Of New Jersey, on September 23, 2017 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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