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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

Transportation Trust Fund

As Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature continue to generally agree on the need to raise the state’s gas tax to revitalize the Transportation Trust Fund and disagree on how to do it, here are some memories from the Center on the American Governor archives on how it was done last time – … Read more …

Posted at 8:10 pm July 1, 2016, in NJ Governors

Governors and the Vice-Presidency

The primaries are complete, the conventions are imminent, and it’s all but official. Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) will face off in the 2016 presidential election. Attention now turns to the next piece of election drama: who will the nominees choose as their running mates? While the “Year of the Governor” did not … Read more …

Posted at 4:15 pm June 27, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

The Governors Ticket 2016

In October 2014, Governor Chris Christie made a prediction while speaking at a US Chamber of Commerce event. “I am convinced,” he said, “that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor….” Christie, of course, may have had a particular governor in mind, but he was not alone in his … Read more …

Posted at 7:27 pm May 23, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

Governors and State Finance

As we continue to grow the Center on the American Governor’s archives, we are also thinking about how best to refine and organize this material to make it as useful as possible. While it is relatively easy to focus on one particular governor and wander through the collected interviews, forums, documents and photos, it is … Read more …

Posted at 9:20 pm May 4, 2016, in NJ Governors