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Redistricting and the 2018 Elections

With last week’s gubernatorial elections finally settled, Democrats will pick up seven governor’s seats this year.* That is a noteworthy—but not historic—number. In the 2010 midterms, for example, Republicans picked up five gubernatorial seats, while four years before that, Democrats had picked up six. The biggest turnover since 1970 happened in 1994, when Republicans gained … Read more …

Posted at 4:26 pm November 13, 2018, in 2018 Elections

2018 Gubernatorial Results

  Thirty-six states held gubernatorial elections on Tuesday, and while Republicans will continue to control a majority of the nation’s governorships, Democrats made serious inroads into the Republican edge. Going into the election, Republicans held 33 governorships, while Democrats held only 16. The governor of Alaska—Bill Walker—was an Independent. The Republicans picked up that Alaska … Read more …

Posted at 8:30 pm November 7, 2018, in 2018 Elections

Governor Jon S. Corzine Archive

It is an important day at the Eagleton Center on the American Governor as we launch a new Major Collection: The Governor Jon S. Corzine Archive. We are thrilled to be able to inaugurate this in-depth look at the Corzine administration, beginning with a timeline; staff and Cabinet personnel lists; a look at the legislature … Read more …

Posted at 3:43 pm July 11, 2018, in NJ Governors

Governors as University Presidents

With Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon stepping down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, the school has turned to a former governor as its interim leader. The university’s Board of Trustees chose former Governor John Engler (R, 1991-2003) as interim president yesterday, a choice that was met with controversy. While college … Read more …

Posted at 6:28 pm February 1, 2018, in U.S. Governors

Governor Murphy’s Inaugural Address

On January 16, 2018, Phil Murphy became the eighth New Jerseyan since 1974 to be elected governor and deliver a first inaugural address after being sworn in. Earlier this month, the Center on the American Governor provided the text and a word cloud for each of the previous seven addresses. Now, we can see – … Read more …

Posted at 7:48 pm January 16, 2018, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors

Gubernatorial Debates

With the first 2017 general election gubernatorial debate set to take one week from tonight, we thought it would be a good time to highlight two documents from the Eagleton Center on the American Governor archives. They are both from the 1989 race between Rep. Jim Florio (D) and Rep. Jim Courter (R), another year … Read more …

Posted at 3:08 pm October 3, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors

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 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