Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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Virginia: This week, Terry McAuliffe announced that former President Barack Obama will campaign with him at an event in Richmond just ten days before Election Day. The event will follow visits by two other big names — First Lady Jill Biden and Stacey Abrams will both campaign for McAuliffe this weekend. Meanwhile, Glenn Youngkin continues to play “footsie” with Donald Trump and the ‘Big Lie.’ After campaigning on election integrity and pledging to support Trump for president if he’s the nominee in 2024, Youngkin recently called for an audit of Virginia’s voting machines, which Trump uplifted to his extremist followers. As McAuliffe draws high-profile Democratic surrogates, the DGA again asks, “When’s the Trump-Youngkin rally in Virginia?”
New Jersey: In this week’s debate, Gov. Phil Murphy laid out his concrete record of fighting for New Jerseyans and demonstrated why he’s the only choice for governor. The only thing Jack Ciattarelli managed to prove is that his agenda is too extreme for the state. His debate night strategy of repeating right-wing soundbites recycled from Donald Trump and Chris Christie did not resonate with New Jerseyans, who have soundly rejected Ciattarelli’s same brand of far-right extremism over and over again. Ciattarelli praised Trump’s record and completely dodged direct questions on whether he’d vote for Trump in 2024 and whether he’d welcome Trump to campaign for him. Meanwhile, Gov. Murphy is committed to moving the state forward towards a stronger and fairer New Jersey — and he’s got the track record to show for it.