Major Collections

Governor Brendan T. Byrne Archive

Governor of New Jersey 1974-1982

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Governor Thomas H. Kean Archive

Governor of New Jersey 1982-1990

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Governor James J. Florio Archive

Governor of New Jersey 1990-1994

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Governor Christine Todd Whitman Archive

Governor of New Jersey 1994-2001

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Governor Jon S. Corzine Archive

Governor of New Jersey 2006-2010

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Other New Jersey Governors

New Jersey Governors, 1776-Present

List of all New Jersey governors to serve under each of the state's constitutions.

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Governor Richard J. Hughes Collection

The only person in state history to serve as both governor and chief justice of the state supreme court, Richard J. Hughes served two terms as governor of New Jersey (1962-1970). The Hughes Collection includes interview excerpts, information, and analysis of the Hughes administration.

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Gubernatorial Biographies

In 2014, Rutgers University Press published The Governors of New Jersey: Biographical Essays, with extended biographies of every New Jersey governor. With the publisher's permission, we present in this section biographies of Governors Alfred Driscoll, Robert Meyner, Richard Hughes, and William Cahill.

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Current Commentary by Former Governors

New Jersey governors often stay active in politics even after leaving office, particularly on issues they feel most passionate about. This section collects some of the most prominent examples of gubernatorial commentary after leaving office.

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Research, History, and Analysis

Atlantic City History and Politics

This section includes history, a timeline, images, and reflections on the history of Atlantic City and the rise of casino gambling.

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Governor Thomas Kean and the Founding of the NJDEP

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2020. At a 2013 Eagleton Center on the American Governor event, Governor Kean reminisced about the role he played in the founding of the department.

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Governor Donald DiFrancesco's 9/11 Address

On October 3, 2001, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco gave a speech to a join session of the New Jersey legislature. Video of that speech is available here.

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Use of Executive Orders by New Jersey Governors

New Jersey governors have issued executive orders for a wide range of purposes, including facilitating routine government operations, responding to crises, and instituting significant policy changes. This section examines the number of orders issued by New Jersey governors under the 1947 Constitution.

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The Governor's Party in Off-Year Elections

This 2011 PDF analyzes how successful New Jersey governors have been in leading their parties in legislative elections held in the middle of their terms.

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Voter Turnout in New Jersey Legislative Elections

This PDF compares New Jersey voter turnout rates when ticket is topped by a presidential race, a gubernatorial race, and state legislative races.

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Woodrow Wilson and the Election of 1912

Woodrow Wilson was elected president in 1912 after serving only two years as governor of New Jersey. This piece, written in 2011 by former Eagleton Center on the American Governor senior policy fellow Don Linky looks at the unique 1912 election and how it led to Wilson's victory.

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Why Woodrow Wilson Guthrie?

In 2012, the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, Center on the American Governor Director John Weingart considered how the famous musician and activist came to be named after the former New Jersey governor and U.S. president.

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