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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 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

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

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 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

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