|Governor of New Jersey|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Rutgers University (1976)|
|Master's||Rutgers University (1983)|
The perennial Green Party candidate also ran unsuccessfully for election to the U.S. House in 2008 and 2010, District 14 of the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011, and for New Jersey General Assembly District 12 in 2009.
Welzer is the co-editor of the Green Horizon magazine.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Green Party of New Jersey and the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
Welzer was a Green Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2013. Welzer lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.
- General Election
On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) tickets in the general election.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013|
|Republican||Chris Christie & Kim Guadagno||60.3%||1,278,932|
|Democratic||Barbara Buono & Milly Silva||38.2%||809,978|
|Libertarian||Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell||0.6%||12,155|
|Independent||Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini||0.4%||8,295|
|Independent||Diane Sare & Bruce Todd||0.2%||3,360|
|Independent||William Araujo & Maria Salamanca||0.2%||3,300|
|Independent||Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella||0.1%||2,784|
|Independent||Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne||0.1%||2,062|
|Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State|
Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls: Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.
Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star had long been on the rise before going meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, adviser to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.
In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, 2009 successful teammate and current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate. The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third party opponents in the general election contest that took place November 5, 2013.
Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season. In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead. He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.
Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates is $380,000. The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark. By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt into the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.
In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013. Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his - ultimately winning - Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to be steamrolled by Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal were taken virtually for granted on the eve of his second term re-election. To this extent, it is not easy to revisit early reports predicting Christie would be vulnerable to losing his seat in 2013 without feeling incredulous.
Welzer was a Green Party candidate for District 14 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He was defeated in the November 8 general election. Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. David Fried and Wayne Wittman defeated Bruce MacDonald in the Republican primary. However, Fried withdrew after the primary for health reasons and was replaced by Sheree McGowan. The general election will be held on November 8.
Asbury Park Press
District 14 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 was roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).
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- Green Party, Candidate profile
- 2009 NJ Voter Info profile
- Imagine Election profile
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Welzer for Governor 2013 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed June 26, 2013
- [Email submission to Ballotpedia, November 7, 2011]
- NJ.com, "Independents survive ballot challenges from Democrats," June 14, 2013
- NJToday "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
- Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- Elect Troy Webster Official Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 4, 2013
- NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
- Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
- PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- ‘’NJ News 12 “Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ” accessed April 15, 2013
- RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
- NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
- The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
- Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
- Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
- NJ.com, "Sheree McGowan aims for Dave Fried's spot on GOP ticket in 14th District Assembly race," August 17, 2011
- 2011 Unofficial General Assembly General Election Candidate List
- Asbury Park Press, "Race for Legislature was on," September 23, 2011
- Star Ledger 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009
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