We just ended an unusually long and grueling political campaign, but another important election is just around the corner for New Jerseyans. There are only 154 days until we pick the major party candidates for governor; the primary is scheduled for June 6. After that, there are only 130 days until the General Election on November 7.
There’s been a fair amount of shakeup in the lineups for each party of late, and announced — or all but announced — candidates include four Democrats and four Republicans.
On the Republican side, the field is led by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who is still unannounced but all indications are that she is planning a run. State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, of Somerset County, has announced he will seek the office. So too will Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers and Joe Rullo, an Ocean County businessman.
The Democratic side had been expected to be as crowded as the GOP slate last year, but it’s now been narrowed to four candidates. Phil Murphy, a former executive at Goldman Sachs and U.S. Ambassador to Germany, is the frontrunner, with support from most of the county Democratic chairman. Assemblyman John Wisnewski, of Middlesex County, has also announced his candidacy and is positioning himself as the anti-machine candidate. Jim Johnson, an attorney from Montclair and former undersecretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton, has also announced recently, as has Bill Brennan, who filed suit in municipal court against Gov. Chris Christie over Bridgegate. Brennan has been demanding a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the governor.