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Candidate attacks rival over lawmaker who posed with flag

Posted September 6

— The Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor says his Republican rival should publicly call out a state lawmaker who was shown in a photo standing by a Confederate flag.

Phil Murphy said Wednesday at a news conference that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAHN'-yoh) should clearly and forcefully condemn the Confederate flag and Republican Assemblyman Parker Space.

Guadagno's campaign said in a statement that she has "consistently" condemned hatred and bigotry and criticized Murphy for distracting from his plans to raise taxes by $1.3 billion.

Guadagno initially said last month that she hadn't seen the social media posting.

Space and his wife posed in front of the flag at a Hank Williams Jr. concert last month. He defended the Facebook post and said he disagreed with criticism.

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This story has been corrected to show the Assemblyman's name is Parker Space, not Park Space.

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