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Observing The 2017 N.J. Governor’s Election

By Jamal Kingston
On April 20, 2017
Most of the attention in politics today is obviously with President Donald Trump and his shocking populist rise to power. That has taken over the coverage of most of the news in America. However, there are other key political events in 2017 that will affect the course of the nation other than the presidency of the United States. This year, there will be two key governor’s elections, in Virginia, and our home state, New Jersey.
 
Gov. Chris Christie is term-limited from serving a third consecutive term in office, although he could run for governor in 2021 based on the New Jersey Constitution which states that a two-term governor like Christie could run for governor in ’21 if he chose to, the last two-term New Jersey governor to do so was Robert Meyner, a Democrat in 1969. Christie will leave office in January 2018, unless he nominated by President Trump to be his next White House Chief of Staff to help fix Trump’s tumultuous couple of first months so far in his presidency.
 
Gov. Chris Christie is term-limited from serving a third consecutive term in office, although he could run for governor in 2021 based on the New Jersey Constitution which states that a two-term governor like Christie could run for governor in ’21 if he chose to, the last two-term New Jersey governor to do so was Robert Meyner, a Democrat in 1969. Christie will leave office in January 2018, unless he nominated by President Trump to be his next White House Chief of Staff to help fix Trump’s tumultuous couple of first months so far in his presidency.
 
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who Chris Christie picked as his lieutenant governor running mate in 2009 and won, is running for governor most likely to succeed Christie, but her ties to him could cost her the governorship. Christie has had a horrendous second term since he won his landslide reelection, the first governor to win a landslide reelection in New Jersey since Tom Kean Sr. in 1985. Christie’s second term has been disastrous for the state as a whole, from the Bridgegate charges against his aides Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly. Christie was not charged by the grand jury, but most observers believe that he knew about the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. in September 2013, when Christie tried to get revenge on the Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich for not endorsing his reelection when he was trying to get crossover Democrats and Independents support. Also, Christie’s failed presidential campaign in 2016 did not help in his approval ratings, which is currently at 17 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The poor state economy and budget problems have not helped, either.
 
Guadango has been out of sight for most of her tenure; Christie’s strong persona has outshined hers. Both are former prosecutors, and both are no-nonsense, brash individuals. However, Guadango may not appeal to the conservative wing of the New Jersey Republican Party. Guadango raised eyebrows in late October 2016 when she dropped her support of Donald Trump during his Access Hollywood tape denigrating women; the base of the party adores Trump and she will need their support if she is to win the June GOP primary to advance to the general election. Being tied to Christie will likely damage her bid, let alone that New Jersey is likely to vote Democratic in November due to the lackluster state of the N.J. G.O.P. with Christie’s reign. Other Republican candidates include Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, who has distanced himself from Christie from the beginning, Nutley commissioner Steve Rogers, a Trump loyalist, and Joe Rudy Rullo, a Tea Party activist. The biggest entrant to the race could be talk show host and former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Joe Piscopo, who has large name recognition and could change the dynamics of the election. Piscopo has not ruled out running as an Independent.
 
On the Democratic side, former Goldman Sachs CEO and former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy is the overwhelming favorite not only to win the Democratic nomination in June, but to be the next governor in November and succeed Christie. Murphy is a multi-millionaire, has ads up on television, Internet and has most of the support of the New Jersey Democratic Party. The Middlesex County Democratic Party endorsed Murphy in Edison in February. However, he has opponents in the primary: Assemblyman John Wisniewski who is running an insurgent, Sanders-style campaign and state Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has a lot of government experience but low name recognition. Murphy is likely to be the Democratic nominee—and next governor, but as we saw last year, anything can happen in politics.

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