New Jersey Governor

Employer / Organization

New Jersey

Next Election

Nov 02, 2021

Filing Window

Jan 01, 2021 - Jun 08, 2021


The Governor of the State of New Jersey is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office and only elected statewide office in New Jersey. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The governor of New Jersey is considered one of the most powerful governorships in the nation as it is currently the only state-wide (non-federal) elected office in the state. Thus, unlike many other states that have elections for some cabinet-level positions, under the New Jersey State Constitution the governor appoints the entire cabinet, subject to confirmation by the New Jersey Senate. The governor is charged with faithfully upholding and executing the laws of New Jersey, a power that includes enforcing all constitutional and statutory mandates as well as restraining actions. New Jersey's governor is also the commander-in-chief of the militia. They nominate all general and flag officers and the state militia and has ultimate authority for seeing that the state's militia is properly trained. Other duties and privileges of the office include: granting all commissions given to elected and appointed officers, nominating officers to all appointed positions not otherwise provided for and making appointments, with the consent of the Senate, convening the entire legislature or the Senate for extraordinary sessions, vetoing bills subject to a super-majority override in the legislature, granting pardons and reprieves, and excluding cases of treason and impeachment. The salary for this position is $175,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the New Jersey Division of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including, a certificate of acceptance, an oath of allegiance, nominating petitions, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Petition signature requirements vary by office. Inquire into primary election details if you plan to run as a partisan candidate. File these papers with the appropriate filing officer. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the required amount of signatures to the New Jersey Division of Elections. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate, the filing paperwork is due the 64th day before the primary election. If you plan to run as an independent, the filing paperwork is due the day before the primary election at 4:00pm. The New Jersey primary election is always held the first Tuesday following the first Monday in June. The New Jersey Division of Elections, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns, can be reached at (609) 292-3760. The election calendar and other pertinent information can be found here:

Submit application to:
New Jersey Secretary of State, NJ Division of Elections, Trenton, NJ, 08625, US