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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

The Environment in New Jersey

On April 22, 1970, Americans celebrated the first official Earth Day. In New Jersey, Governor William Cahill (R) marked the occasion by signing legislation creating the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The act was more than ceremonial—it formalized and strengthened the important role of the state executive branch in promoting environmental protection. Indeed many—if not … Read more …

Posted at 5:36 pm September 7, 2016, in U.S. Governors


The next vice-president will be a former governor. A week after Republican nominee Donald Trump announced that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be his running mate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton revealed her pick, and he also has gubernatorial experience.* Clinton has chosen former Virginia Governor (2006-2010) Tim Kaine. Unlike his Republican counterpart, Kaine is not … Read more …

Posted at 12:27 am July 23, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors


For the second time in eight years, the Republican nominee for President has chosen a sitting governor as his running mate. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will join businessman Donald Trump on the 2016 Republican ticket. While Senator John McCain’s (AZ) selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 surprised many onlookers, Pence was widely … Read more …

Posted at 11:22 am July 15, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors