Precedent

The winners of the last eight gubernatorial elections (and nine of the last eleven) had made previous runs for statewide office. This includes Governors seeking re-election. In the two races where the winner had not run statewide before, the loser had sought statewide office unsuccessfully. The last time New Jerseyans elected a Governor in a race where neither candidate had run statewide before was in 1961, when Superior Court Judge Richard Hughes defeated former U.S. Secretary of Labor James Mitchell.

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