Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, New Jersey
The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?
At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.
This page takes a specific look at how New Jersey performed in the study.
New Jersey breakdown
- Over the past 22 years, the New Jersey government has been divided for eight years and had 14 total trifectas.
- Of these 14 trifectas, six were Democratic and eight were Republican.
- There were 10 years of Democratic governors and 12 of Republican governors during this period.
- The New Jersey legislature has been split for two years, under Democratic control for 10 years, and under Republican control for 10 years.
Background about the study
- See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States
Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.
State government analysis
New Jersey Governor
From 1992 to 2013, New Jersey had Democratic governors in office for 10 years while there were Republican governors in office for 12 years, including the last four.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
New Jersey Senate
From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Jersey State Senate for the first 10 years and the Republicans were the majority for the last 10 years.
Across the country, there were 544 Democratic and 517 Republican State Senates from 1992-2013.
New Jersey House of Representatives
From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Jersey House of Representatives for the last 12 years and the Republicans were the majority for the first 10 years.
Across the country, there were 579 Democratic and 482 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan control changes
There were four partisan control changes in New Jersey during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting New Jersey equal to the average.
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
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- New Jersey State Senate
- New Jersey House of Representatives
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