Historic trend

The last time two Democratic candidates won successive general elections in the race for Governor of New Jersey was in 1961, when Richard Hughes, a former Superior Court Judge and Mercer County Democratic Chairman, narrowly (34,920 votes) defeated Republican James Mitchell, who had served as U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Dwight Eisenhower. Hughes, the father of former Morris County Prosecutor Michael Murphy and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, succeeded Democrat Robert Meyner, who had served eight years as Governor. Historically, New Jersey voters have preferred to follow Democratic Governors with Republicans and vice-a-versa. In the last fifteen gubernatorial elections when an incumbent was not a candidate, the party out of power won twelve times.

Historic trend