New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate 2017

New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate 2017

New Jersey voters will go to the polls November 7 to elect a new governor. Gubernatorial candidates Republican Kim Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy met on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for their first public debate, co-sponsored by Rutgers. To watch a recap of the full debate, click here.

Voters are expected to closely follow the debate, as the election is the first in more than a decade in which neither candidate is an incumbent. To prepare voters for the topics candidates will likely address during their campaigns, Rutgers Today spoke with university experts in the areas of health care, jobs, education, property taxes and infrastructure. Here’s what they have to say. 

All Eyes on the Garden State

All Eyes on the Garden State
John Weingart, associate director at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and director of the Eagleton Center on the American Governor, discusses what this election means in New Jersey and beyond.

A Health Care Prescription for the Next Administration

A Health Care Prescription for the Next Administration
Joel Cantor, distinguished professor and director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, talks about why the future of the Affordable Care Act matters to New Jersey and what the next governor can do to maintain affordable coverage for the state’s residents.

With Brighter Job Forecast, New Jersey Can Shift to Wages, Training and Investment

With Brighter Job Forecast, New Jersey Can Shift to Wages, Training, and Investment
James Hughes, university professor and the former dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Kevin Lyons, associate professor Rutgers Business School, discuss the job outlook, what needs to be done and how the next governor could make a difference.

Closing New Jersey’s Educational Divide Requires New Approaches to Testing, School Choice and Funding

Closing New Jersey’s Educational Divide Requires New Approaches to Testing, School Choice and Funding
Bruce D. Baker, professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers-New Brunswick, explains why the achievement gap in New Jersey is so wide and offers our next governor solutions to address the problem.

Tips for Restructuring New Jersey’s Property Taxes – The Nation’s Highest

Tips for Restructuring New Jersey’s Property Taxes – The Nation’s Highest
Darren A. Spielman, managing director of the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers-Camden, explains why New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the nation and offers our next governor solutions for reining them in.

How the Next Governor Can Meet the State’s Infrastructure Needs How the Next Governor Can Meet the State’s Infrastructure Needs
Ali Maher, director of Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, discusses the challenges the next governor will face maintaining and improving the state’s infrastructure.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Election: Helping Students Become Informed Voters
RU Voting, run by the Eagleton Institute of Politics' Center for Youth Political Participation, encourages students at Rutgers to pay attention to politics, register to vote and turn out on Election Day. Elizabeth Matto, an associate research professor who directs the initiative, discusses plans to engage students this fall leading up to the Nov. 7 gubernatorial election and the value for students to get engaged in the political process.

RU Voting: Your one-stop shop for voting information at Rutgers
  • Check your registration
  • Find campus polling locations
  • Learn about the 2017 gubernatorial election candidates
  • Voter registration applications must be postmarked by October 17