If Jon Corzine wins, he will become the sixth Governor of New Jersey to win re-election; if he loses, he’ll become just the third governor in state history to lose re-election. Republican William Cahill lost a primary in 1973, and Democrat James Florio lost the 1993 general election. Corzine would also become the first Democratic Governor to win a second term since Brendan Byrne did it 32 years ago.
If Christopher Christie wins, he will become the first Republican to win a statewide election in New Jersey in twelve years; since Christine Todd Whitman won a second term in 1997, 49 other states have elected a Republican to statewide office. Christie would become the first former U.S. Attorney to win statewide since Garret Wall won a U.S. Senate seat in 1835.