The deadline to register to vote in the primaries is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and
The deadline to vote in the November 7, 2017 general election is Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Only voters who are registered party members may vote in primary elections. However, unaffiliated voters can change their party registration and vote in either party primary on the day of the election.
Click here for voter registration information for New Jersey.
One of the key issues in the campaign will be the “Build a Thriving New Jersey” calls on the next leaders of the state to invest $600 million annually into homes residents can afford. The Network launched the “Build a Thriving NJ” campaign to boost the state’s economy through a plan that creates affordable home opportunities and jobs for NJ residents.
Eleven contenders in the election for New Jersey governor met the April 4, 2017 deadline to file petitions to qualify for primary elections.
On April 18, 2017, as is required by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, the candidates’ financial disclosures, showing the sources of earned income (such as salaries) and unearned income (such as investments), were made public.
Gubernatorial primary candidates can utilize what is known as the “matching funds” program. Those who raise at least $430,000 qualify to receive two dollars in public money for every dollar they raise privately.
State law mandates that any primary candidates who qualify for matching funds must participate in at least two primary debates. Candidates who choose not to seek matching funds but commit to raising and spending at least $430,000 can also participate.
The first Republican debates was held on May 9 with a second scheduled for May 18. The debates will include two of the five candidates: Jack Ciattarelli and Kim Guadagno, who both qualified for matching funds.
The Democratic debates were held on May 9 and 11. The debates included four of the six candidates:
On April 30, 2017, the New York Times reported, ”The lack of enthusiasm among voters, even though New Jersey is only one of two states to hold statewide elections this year, is a curious conundrum facing the candidates jockeying to replace Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. The candidates are trying to inspire an electorate seemingly angry and desperate for change after the 2016 election, while also battling exhaustion and an extended hangover from the outcome.”
The election for Governor is a critical one and will impact the lives of all New Jerseyans.
Please exercise your right to vote in the primary and general election!