This list of potential candidates for the 2017/2018 election is highly speculative and contains names that have been mentioned as either publicly or privately considering candidacies, or worthy of consideration as candidates or recruiting prospects by the parties or interest groups. The numerical key indicating our assessment of each person's likelihood of running is obviously important, given the "long and dirty" nature of this list, which will be updated each week. (1) Announced candidacy or certain to run; (2) Likely to run; (3) Maybe; (4) Mentioned but unlikely * = Indicates Potential Retirement Current Governors Lineup: 16 Democrats 33 Republicans 1 Independents/ Other Parties

New Jersey

Rating: Lean Democrat Last Incum. Percentage: 60.3% 2016 Winner: Clinton 55%

Democrats Republicans Phil Murphy, frmr. Amb. to Germany (1) OPEN: Christie - Term-limited Bill Brennon, activist (1) John Wisniewski, st. Rep. (1) Jack Ciattarelli, st. Rep. (2) Tom Byrne, son of frmr. Gov. Brendan Byrne (3) Kim Guadagno, Lt. Gov. (2) Joe DiVincenzo, Essex Cty. Exec. (3) Jon Bramnick, st. Rep. (3) Shevonda Sumter, st. Rep. (3) Randy Brown, Evesham Mayor,

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