Phil Murphy And Kim Guadagno To Face Off In New Jersey Gubernatorial Election

Tuesday?s New Jersey primary results will pit Democrat Phil Murphy against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the Nov. 7 election to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Chris Christie. It is one of the first statewide contests since the 2016 election.

Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and onetime Goldman Sachs executive, defeated a slate of candidates in the Democratic primary, including former prosecutor and Treasury official Jim Johnson, state Assemblyman John Wisniewski, state Sen. Ray Lesniak, and activist and former firefighter Bill Brennan.

Guadagno, who spent much of her last seven years in office in Christie?s shadow, won against leading challenger Jack Ciattarelli, a state assemblyman who had attacked Guadagno for her proximity to the governor. Christie holds the distinction of being the most unpopular governor in the nation ? a recent Quinnipiac University survey released earlier this month showed the tough-talking Republican with a shockingly low 18 percent approval rating.

Despite the stakes ? Democrats would hold unified control of the state?s government if Murphy wins ? the race has not garnered widespread media attention so far. Special elections in Kansas, Montana and Georgia, as well as the Virginia gubernatorial race, have drawn more news coverage.

Murphy, a wealthy former banking executive who has spent more than $20 million on his campaign so far, faced criticism late in the race over his tenure at Goldman Sachs. Democratic rival Johnson criticized Murphy for presiding over Goldman Sachs Asia at a time when the division profited from an investment in Yue Yuen Industrial, a company with documented labor abuses. Murphy?s campaign, however, said he wasn?t involved in the decision to invest in that company.

Both Johnson and Wisniewski attempted to cast themselves as the true progressives in the Democratic primary race, using images and video of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in attacks against Murphy and his tenure at Goldman Sachs. The line of attack never really proved effective. Sanders? son, Levi, endorsed Murphy in the race.

Murphy?s campaign announced last week that he would participate in the state?s public financing program, which would limit his spending in the general election.

Murphy is expected to hold an advantage over Guadagno in November, partly because of how politically toxic Christie has become, even to his own party, and partly because the state favored Democrat Hillary Clinton by a wide 14-point margin in the presidential election last year.

President Donald Trump is likely to loom large in the race, however. Murphy has vowed to ?stand up to President Trump every time he attacks the vulnerable or defies our Constitution.? Murphy?s election would bolster the growing Trump resistance movement around the country. Guadagno, on the other hand, said she?d welcome the president to campaign with her in the general election.

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5 Comics That Nail The Biggest Misconceptions About Millennials

Narcissistic. Financially irresponsible. Politically unengaged. These are just some of the cliches perpetuated about millennials. 

But as the College Humor comics below point out, the ideas and expectations other generations have about millennials are often far from reality. 

Take the criticism about millennials and spending: Most millennials aren?t poor because blow their savings on avocado toast at trendy restaurants; weightier issues like joblessness, debt and the rising cost of living have all contributed to making millennials poorer than their parents.

See more of the reality versus expectations below and head to College Humor for other comics: 

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The Trump Administration Just Approved An Even Tougher Visa Vetting Process

The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years.

The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period.

Critics argued that the new questions would be overly burdensome, lead to long delays in processing and discourage international students and scientists from coming to the United States.

Under the new procedures, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years? worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history. 

Officials will request the additional information when they determine ?that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting,? a State Department official said on Wednesday.

The State Department said earlier the tighter vetting would apply to visa applicants ?who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.?

President Donald Trump has vowed to increase national security and border protections, proposing to give more money to the military and make Mexico pay to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.

He has tried to implement a temporary travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations that a U.S. appeals court refused to reinstate, calling it discriminatory and setting the stage for a showdown in the Supreme Court.

The Office of Management and Budget granted emergency approval for the new questions for six months, rather than the usual three years.

While the new questions are voluntary, the form says failure to provide the information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.

Immigration lawyers and advocates say the request for 15 years of detailed biographical information, as well as the expectation that applicants remember all their social media handles, is likely to catch applicants who make innocent mistakes or do not remember all the information requested.

The new questions grant ?arbitrary power? to consular officials to determine who gets a visa with no effective check on their decisions, said Babak Yousefzadeh, a San Francisco-based attorney and president of the Iranian American Bar Association.

?The United States has one of the most stringent visa application processes in the world,? Yousefzadeh said. ?The need for tightening the application process further is really unknown and unclear.?

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