New Jersey gubernatorial elections, 1787-present

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The following is a list of gubernatorial elections held in the state of New Jersey from 1787 to the present.

1787-1844

1844-1946

1844

1847

1850

1853

1856

1859

1862

1865

1868

1871

1874

1877

1880

1883

1886

1889

1892

1895

1898

1901

1904

1907

1910

1913

1916

1919

1922

1925

1928

1931

1934

1937

1940

1943

1946

1949-present

Starting with the 1949 election, governors have been elected every four years.

1949

1953

1957

1961

1965

1969

On November 4, 1969, William T. Cahill won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Robert B. Meyner in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 1969
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam T. Cahill 59.7% 1,411,905
     Democratic Robert B. Meyner 38.5% 911,003
     Independent James E. Johnson 0.5% 10,725
     Independent Candidate Jack D. Alvino 0.4% 10,149
     National Conservative Winfred O. Perry 0.4% 10,128
     Independent Louis Vander Plate 0.3% 6,611
     Socialist Labor Julius Levin 0.3% 6,085
Total Votes 2,366,606
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 16, 2014

1973

1977

1981

1985

On November 5, 1985, Thomas H. Kean won re-election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Peter Shapiro in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 1985
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas H. Kean Incumbent 69.6% 1,372,631
     Democratic Peter Shapiro 29.3% 578,402
     The True Light Rodger Headrick 0.4% 8,537
     Libertarian Virginia Flynn 0.2% 4,710
     Socialist Workers Mark Satinoff 0.2% 3,703
     Socialist Labor Julius Levin 0.1% 2,740
     Community George M. Fishian 0.1% 1,901
Total Votes 1,972,624
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 16, 2014

1989

On November 7, 1989, Jim Florio won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Jim Courter in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 1989
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Florio 61.2% 1,379,937
     Republican Jim Courter 37.2% 838,553
     Libertarian Daniel M. Karlan 0.5% 11,878
     Make Government Better Michael Ziruolo 0.5% 10,210
     One Eye On Tom Fuscaldo 0.3% 6,989
     Socialist Workers Catherine Renee Sedwick 0.3% 6,197
Total Votes 2,253,764
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 16, 2014

1993

On November 2, 1993, Christine Todd Whitman won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. She defeated Jim Florio in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 1993
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Todd Whitman 49.3% 1,236,124
     Democratic Jim Florio Incumbent 48.3% 1,210,031
     Independent Pat Daly 0.4% 10,071
     Independent Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.3% 7,935
     Independent Tom Blomquist 0.2% 5,164
     Independent Joseph Marion 0.2% 4,311
     Independent Richard J. Lynch 0.2% 4,030
     Independent Arlene S. Ammond 0.1% 3,330
     Independent Tim Feeney 0.1% 3,306
     Independent Michael R. Scully 0.1% 3,209
     Independent Pete Di Lauro 0.1% 3,009
     Independent Marilyn Arons 0.1% 2,884
     Independent John L. Kucek 0.1% 2,822
     Independent Tom Fuscaldo 0.1% 2,314
     Independent Michael Ziruolo 0.1% 2,127
     Independent Andrew J. Zemel 0.1% 1,530
     Independent Andrea Lippi 0.1% 1,294
     Independent Mark J. Rahn 0% 1,242
     Independent Jerry T. Grant 0% 1,231
Total Votes 2,505,964
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

1997

On November 4, 1997, Christine Todd Whitman won re-election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. She defeated Jim McGreevey and Murray Sabrin in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 1997
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Todd Whitman Incumbent 46.9% 1,133,394
     Democratic Jim McGreevey 45.8% 1,107,968
     Independent Murray Sabrin 4.7% 114,172
     Independent Richard J. Pezzullo 1.4% 34,906
     Independent Madelyn R. Hoffman 0.4% 10,703
     Independent Michael Perrone, Jr. 0.3% 6,805
     Independent Robert B. Miller 0.1% 2,816
     Independent Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,800
     Independent Lincoln Norton 0.1% 2,540
     Independent Nuncie A. Ripa, Jr. 0.1% 2,240
Total Votes 2,418,344
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

2001

On November 6, 2001, Jim McGreevey won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Bret Schundler in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 2001
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McGreevey 56.4% 1,256,853
     Republican Bret Schundler 41.7% 928,174
     Independent Bill Schluter 1.1% 24,084
     Independent Jerry Coleman 0.3% 6,238
     Independent Mark Edgerton 0.2% 4,684
     Independent George Watson Jr. 0.1% 2,568
     Independent Michael W. Koontz 0.1% 1,949
     Independent Constantino Rozzo 0.1% 1,537
     Independent Kari Sachs 0% 1,078
Total Votes 2,227,165
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

2005

On November 8, 2005, Jon Corzine won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Doug Forrester in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJon Corzine 53.5% 1,224,551
     Republican Doug Forrester 43% 985,271
     Education Not Corruption Hector Castillo 1.3% 29,452
     Libertarian Jeffrey Pawlowski 0.7% 15,417
     Green Matthew J. Thieke 0.5% 12,315
     Legalize Marijuana Edward Forchion 0.4% 9,137
     One New Jersey Michael Latigona 0.2% 5,169
     Various Wesley Bell 0.2% 4,178
     Socialist Workers Angela L. Lariscy 0.1% 2,531
     Socialist Constantino Rozzo 0.1% 2,078
Total Votes 2,290,099
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

2009

On November 3, 2009, Chris Christie won election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Jon Corzine and Chris Daggett in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie 48.4% 1,174,445
     Democratic Jon Corzine Incumbent 44.8% 1,087,731
     Independent for NJ Chris Daggett 5.8% 139,579
     Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.2% 4,830
     Leadership, Independence, Vision Gary T. Steele 0.1% 3,585
     People Not Politics Jason Cullen 0.1% 2,869
     Middle Class Empowerment David R. Meiswinkle 0.1% 2,598
     For the People Kostas Petris 0.1% 2,563
     Socialist Party USA Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,085
     Write-ins Write-ins 0.1% 1,757
     Independent Gary Stein 0.1% 1,625
     Fair Election Party Joshua Leinsdorf 0% 1,021
     Lindsay for Governor Alvin Lindsay, Jr. 0% 753
Total Votes 2,425,441
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

2013

On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie won re-election to the office of Governor of New Jersey. He defeated Barbara Buono in the general election.

Governor of New Jersey, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie Incumbent 60.2% 1,278,932
     Democratic Barbara Buono 38.2% 809,978
     Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.6% 12,155
     Green Steven Welzer 0.4% 8,295
     Glass-Steagall Now Diane W. Sare 0.2% 3,360
     Peace and Freedom William Araujo 0.2% 3,300
     Independent Hank Schroeder 0.1% 2,784
     Other Write-ins 0.1% 2,175
     NSA Did 911 Jeff Boss 0.1% 2,062
Total Votes 2,123,041
Election Results Via: David Leip, "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections," accessed February 15, 2014

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