In 1993, the last time a Democratic Governor ran for re-election, Jim Florio won the newspaper endorsement game. He beat Christine Todd Whitman 16-7, and dominated among the largest newspapers. Florio’s endorsements included the Star-Ledger, The Record, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Trenton Times, the Asbury Park Press, the Trenton Times, the Courier-Post, the Daily Record, and the Press of Atlantic City. Whitman’s endorsements included the Trentonian, the Home News Tribune, the Courier-News, the Burlington County Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Perhaps more interesting is that New Jersey, which has gone longer without electing a Republican to statewide office than 49 other states, has not re-elected a Democratic Governor in 32 years.