Wave year elections in New Jersey

Two modern era wave elections happened so long ago that a comparison to New Jersey in 2018 is apples and oranges.  But both are examples of highly-charged mid-term elections that allowed Democrats in the wake of the Watergate scandal to pick up 49 House seats in 1974, and Republicans to gain 54 seats in the Republican Revolution that became a national referendum on President Clinton’s health care reform. Republicans picked

Brendan Byrne (1924-2018)

The first time Brendan Byrne made an in-print list of potential candidates for Governor of New Jersey was about a month after Richard Nixon’s landslide re-election in the 1972 presidential race.  Watergate wasn’t really a thing yet, but Democrats sensed that the GOP incumbent, William Cahill, was vulnerable. Democratic State Chairman Salvatore Bontempo compiled a list of about 25 possible candidates –he called it the A to W list, because