|Governor of New Jersey|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||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) ticket(s) 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|
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 successful — Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to face Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal made him a formidable opponent in the election.
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 percent of the vote.
Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first-term governor, whose profile rose following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor 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.
Selection of running mates
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, 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 on 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 outnumbered 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 was $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 in to 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.
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- CNN "New Jersey Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
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- NJToday, "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
- Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," 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
- NJ.com, "Buono announces Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor pick," 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
- New Jersey General election candidate list