Think Gov. Chris Christie’s projected blowout of Barbara Buono will be the biggest state landslide on record? Maybe, but even if Christie does as well as his most promising public opinion poll forecasts, he’ll still come in behind Gov. Tom Kean, who in 1985 won his reelection bid against Essex County Executive Peter Shapiro with 69.6 percent of votes cast — the highest plurality in state history.
That’s just one tidbit that might be nice to have handy tomorrow night as your news staff awaits poll results.
Eagleton Institute’s Center on the American Governor has compiled a 37-page NJ gubernatorial backgrounder brimming with statistics on state elections over the years.
– Potential NJ Supreme Court seats that will be vacated over the next four years
– Voter turnout rates in gubernatorial races since 1977
– County-by-county party registration data as of July
– Legislative election results going back to 1977
John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute, will be available to news organizations to discuss this data by phone on election night. Contact him here: email@example.com.