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New Report on Gubernatorial Transitions

Eagleton’s Center on the American Governor is pleased today to release a report on an often overlooked and underappreciated part of the democratic process in the states: the transition to a new governor. The report includes recommendations for the candidates to consider both in the months leading up to Election Day and in the 10 … Read more …

Posted at 5:53 pm July 18, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Governors’ State Residences

With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie receiving considerable publicity this weekend for taking his family to the state-owned governor’s house in Island Beach State Park, we thought we’d take a moment to visit governors’ mansions more generally. All but five states own an officially-designated governor’s residence, usually referred to as a “mansion.” Massachusetts and Rhode … Read more …

Posted at 6:01 pm July 3, 2017, in NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Governors and Health Care

Health care is dominating the headlines today, as the debate re-takes center stage in the U.S. Senate. An op-ed published by the Washington Post (and reprinted by NJ.com) is particularly interesting, however, as much for who wrote it as for what it says. The piece was written by two governors, one Republican and one Democrat … Read more …

Posted at 6:26 pm June 22, 2017, in U.S. Governors

Governors and State Audits

Gubernatorial campaigns often feature promises to improve government efficiency and reduce waste. The 2017 New Jersey race is no exception. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno—a leading candidate for the Republican nomination—has specifically promised an audit of state government, using the savings discovered to fund a property tax cap. If Guadagno is elected and fulfills her promise … Read more …

Posted at 3:42 pm May 23, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors

Guadagno Campaign Song

Kim Guadagno is the first of this year’s New Jersey gubernatorial candidates to have a campaign song – We The People – written by the fine musician Pat Guadagno who is also the candidate’s brother-in-law. The Center on the American Governor hopes this will start a trend and looks forward to adding links to other … Read more …

Posted at 6:06 pm January 30, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors

2017 Gubernatorial Races

Happy New Year! It is officially 2017 and the nation’s political attention–while focused on the President Obama-to-Trump transition–is also beginning to turn to the only two states that will hold gubernatorial elections this year: Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia is the only state in the country in which governors cannot seek at least two consecutive … Read more …

Posted at 8:50 pm January 9, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Gubernatorial Election Results

With the election of the Republican ticket to the presidency on Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (R-IN) becomes the first governor to be elected to that office since Spiro Agnew, elected vice-president in 1968 and re-elected in 1972. But the federal offices were not all that was at stake; we have also been tracking … Read more …

Posted at 6:34 pm November 10, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part II

In our last blog entry, we took a look at the state of half of the 2016 gubernatorial races. Below find a summary of the other half:   North Dakota: This is an open seat, as incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) chose not to fun for a second full term. Former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum … Read more …

Posted at 4:17 pm October 7, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part I

With the results in from the September 13 primaries in Delaware and New Hampshire, gubernatorial primary season is officially over. The fields, therefore, are now set and the timing seems right to take a quick look at the races. Overall, there is little drama in this year’s gubernatorial race as Republicans are guaranteed to maintain … Read more …

Posted at 4:29 pm September 26, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

New Jersey Policy Perspective Report

A new report out today from New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP)* argues that the state’s economic future is threatened by nine key decisions made starting in the 1990s that have “starved the capacity of state government to maintain and expand the assets that give New Jersey unrivaled economic advantages.” Titled The Notorious Nine: How Key … Read more …

Posted at 5:28 pm September 14, 2016, in NJ Governors