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2016 Gubernatorial Elections

With so much attention focused on the 2016 presidential campaign, it is easy to forget that twelve states will also be choosing new governors this November. Half of these races will feature an open seat, with incumbents either retiring voluntarily, running for a different office, or ineligible to run due to term limits. From a … Read more …

Posted at 7:27 pm March 21, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

Gubernatorial Quiz

  How well do you know America’s governors? You probably know that Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is a former U.S. Attorney or, perhaps, that the governor of New York—Andrew Cuomo (D)—is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. You may even know that there are currently 31 Republican governors, 18 Democrats, and one … Read more …

Posted at 8:05 pm March 7, 2016, in U.S. Governors

Governors on the Supreme Court

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a vacancy exists on the U.S. Supreme Court. As President Barack Obama has indicated that he intends to nominate someone to fill that seat, the question turns to whom he will choose. It will almost certainly be someone with legal training—while the Constitution does not require … Read more …

Posted at 11:58 am February 22, 2016, in U.S. Governors

Activism by Former New Jersey Governors

I don’t know whether former governors in other states get together to issue joint policy statements from time to time, but they certainly do in New Jersey. Usually focused on environmental and land use issues, Governors Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Jim Florio and Christine Whitman – two Democrats and two Republicans who led the state … Read more …

Posted at 2:38 pm February 18, 2016, in NJ Governors

Governors and the Federal Cabinet

Enrollment in the class of governors who have “suspended” their 2016 presidential races has now grown to nine. This includes two sitting governors – Chris Christie (NJ) who has two more years in his final term and Scott Walker (WI) who faces no term limits, and seven former governors – Lincoln Chafee (RI), Jim Gilmore (VA), … Read more …

Posted at 2:20 pm February 15, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors