Republicans still talk about the Saturday Night Massacre and how a White House scandal so badly effected the political environment that the New Jersey GOP suffered their worst electoral defeats in state history. On October 20, 1973 — seventeen days before the General Election — with a second term Republican President engulfed in a major scandal — Richard Nixon decided to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. He forced the resignations of his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General when they refused to fire Cox. On Election Day, Republicans lost the Governor’s race by 721,378 votes. They lost fourteen State Senate seats and 25 Assembly seats. Democrats picked up Freeholder seats in places like Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Monmouth counties.