On November 7, 2017, New Jersey will go to the polls to elect a new governor to replace Chris Christie, who has served as governor since 2010 and is term-limited out.
The candidates for governor are:
- Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, who won the Republican primary in June. Her running mate is Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo, who would be the first Latino and the first male to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor since was created effective with the 2009 gubernatorial election.
- Phil Murphy, a financier and diplomat who previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2009 - 2013. He won the Democratic primary in June. Murphy had a 23-year career at Goldman Sachs. His running mate is Former State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, who represents the 34th legislative district. Oliver was one of the founders of the Newark Coalition for Low Income Housing.
- Seth Kaper-Dale, who is the Green Party candidate. He has served as co-pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP) in New Jersey since 2001 and made national headlines in 2012 when his church became a sanctuary for Indonesians facing deportation.
- Pete Rohrman, who is the Libertarian Party candidate. He previously ran for Bergen County Freeholder in 2015 and 2016. His running mate is Karrese Laguerre, who worked in sales before pursuing a career in dentistry.
If you are a New Jersey voter, polls open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM EST. You can find your polling place here.
Polls currently show Murphy has a strong chance of winning. Real Clear Politics shows he enjoys the support of 49.7% among registered voters in the state. Polls out of Rasmussen Reports (50%), Monmouth University (53%) and Quinnipiac University (57%) predict similar outcomes.
Other races New Jersey will be voting on that day include the State Senate and the State House. 15 school board elections are also taking place; two school districts held elections on April 25, 2017. Two statewide ballot measures were also certified for the ballot, including The Revenue from Environmental Damage Lawsuits Dedicated to Environmental Projects Amendment, which would "dedicate state revenue from settlements in environmental contamination lawsuits toward environmental projects," and The Bonds for Public Libraries Measure, which would "issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries."