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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 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 NJ.com) 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

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

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

Clinton/Kaine

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

Trump/Pence

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