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

The Clarke Bruno Story

This is just a random educational moment, don’t read anything into it – at least not that much: the last time the Democratic majority in the New Jersey Senate killed a cabinet nomination of a Democratic Governor was in February 2007.  Jon Corzine had named Clarke Bruno as his Commissioner of Human Services in the summer of 2006, but Judiciary Committee Chairman John Adler had delayed a committee vote to

NJ Open House Seats rarely flip parties

If Jeff Van Drew wins Frank LoBiondo’s seat in Congress, it will be just the sixth time since World War II that an open New Jersey House seat was won by the other party. Two of those were in 1948, when Republicans Fred Hartley (of Taft-Hartley fame) and Frank Matthews retired.  Their seats were won by Democrats Peter Rodino, whose 40 years in Congress included national fame as Chairman of