On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign manager called on Republican candidate Jack Chiattarelli to step down, saying “the race is over.”
“Legislator Chiattarelli is mathematically expelled and must accept the results and accept the race,” said Molly Binotto, Murphy’s campaign manager. “His persistent failure to comply with this requirement is an attack on the integrity of our elections.”
Chiattarelli’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Chiattarelli called Murphy’s welcome speech Wednesday night “premature.”
“No one should declare victory or concede in an election until all legitimate votes have been counted,” Chiattarelli said. He also said that a decision on a recount or verification will be made at the end, when all votes have been counted.
According to the Associated Press, Murphy leads Chiattarelli, from 50.9% to 48.3% as of Sunday afternoon, by more than 65,000 votes.
Monday is the deadline for receiving all voting ballots by mail to District Election Commissions.
Murphy’s campaign argues that the remaining ballot papers, which still need to be counted, will only “increase Governor Murphy’s margin” and that there are not enough advance ballots to erase Murphy’s directive.