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On Governors

The Center on the American Governor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University seeks to promote research and discussion on the role of the governor in the United States. The Center is sponsoring a range of academic activities and public forums on topics relating to the office in the 50 states, and building a resource that includes original research and writing, links to the work of others, and extensive virtual archives on the administrations of a number of New Jersey governors . For more information on the Center and its specific holdings, see the About Us page.


NJWelcomeThe New Jersey Governors section houses Major Collections for Governors Brendan Byrne, Thomas Kean, James Florio, Christine Todd Whitman, and Jon Corzine. Included are videos and transcripts of interviews and forums as well as relevant source materials such as speeches and documents.This section also contains research, history and analysis pertaining to the office of the governor in New Jersey. This includes general historical information as well as specific studies of topics such as the history of Atlantic City and the Meadowlands, the success of the governor’s party in off-year elections, and voter turnout in the state.


800px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgOur U.S. Governors section includes interviews with former governors from other states as well as  materials examining the role of the governor nationwide. This includes fast facts about U.S. governors, introductions to the study of the office, and guides to outside resources. This section also includes data and analysis related to specific issues concerning governors, such as re-election rates of incumbent governors, the recall process, governors in the White House, and the relationship between governors and music. We are continuously adding to our material in this section.


The Center on the American Governor also runs an academic grants program. This program has awarded two rounds of grants to political scientists studying various aspects of the role of the governor. This section of the site provides an introduction to the work being done by these scholars as well as updates on our efforts to create a community of scholars studying the role of the executive in state government.