Yesterday at 4:00 pm was the deadline for candidates to submit signed petitions to run in in the June 6 primary. The Division of Elections posts its list of Unofficial Candidates and other information about the 2017 primary here.*
FOR NJ GOVERNOR: 6 D’s & 5 R’s are in the race
- Democrats: Overachiever Phil Murphy submitted a staggering 42,569 signed petitions – far more than any candidate in previous primaries. (Christie in 2013: 14,835 and in 2009: 7,474). Murphy has now earned the endorsement of the local party in all 21 counties in the state. Other D’s: William Brennan, Jim Johnson, Ray Lesniak, John Wisniewski, and Mark Zinna. (See more information here.)
- Republicans: Jack Ciattarell (he won the backing of the GOP in 7 counties), Kim Guadagno (she won the backing of the GOP in 14 counties), Steven Rogers, Joseph Rullo, and Hirsh Singh. (See more information here.)
- A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released last month showed Murphy leading the Democratic field with 23 percent of the vote — though 53 percent of Democratic-leaning New Jersey voters still say they don’t know whom they’ll support in the primary.
FOR THE STATE SENATE
There are 44 D’s and 44 R’s running for 40 seats. In most but not all districts there is at least one R and one D in each race. See the full list here.
FOR THE STATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
There are 99 D’s and 92 R’s for 80 seats. In most but not all districts there are at least two D’s and 2 R’s in each race. See the full list here.
Notable legislators who are not running for re-election in 2017: For Senate: Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex), and Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic). For Assembly: Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset), John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Gail Phoebus (R-Sussex).
Start you engines now to get the candidates you want to run in the General Election.
- Note that some candidates may later be disqualified and last minute submitters may not yet be on the list. The Division of Elections will update the information here.