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Information from a program held at the Eagleton Institute on April 3, 2009, discussing lessons from successful efforts in New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut (with a summary of the recently introduced Federal Fair Elections Now Act).

Information on registration figures and vote for governor statewide and in each of the 21 counties for the years 2001, and 2005 and vote for president in 2008.  Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated. (Excel spreadsheet)

New Jersey and Presidential Voting

Excel table of registration figures and vote for president in each of the 21 counties for the years 2000, 2004 and 2008. Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated.
Available here.

Excel table Excel table of registration figures and vote for president and U.S. House of Representatives in each of the 13 congressional districts for the years 2000, 2004 and 2008. Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated for the 2000 and 2004 and gives the percentage breakdown of each county that is included in the congressional district.
Available here.

Better Campaigns in New Jersey

TV Coverage about the New Jersey Election in 2005
June 2006 report analyzing the highest-rated nightly news programs beginning 30 days before the election in 2005. With funding from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the project worked with the University of Wisconsin News Lab in analyzing the data. A project of the New Jersey Project, Eagleton Institute of Politics, conducted by Dr. Matthew Hale, Seton Hall University.
Full report here
Summary available here

Are Negative Campaigns So Bad?
Written by Gerald M. Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), Rutgers University, published in The Star-Ledger on Sunday, December 4, 2005.

Do New York TV Stations Shortchange New Jersey Voters?
Press release, September 18, 2002, Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Alliance for Better Campaigns
Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics study analyzes Garden State's 2001 election coverage. Details and analysis of the news coverage of the 2002 Senate race in New Jersey between incumbent Robert Torricelli and Republican challenger Douglas Forrester, one of the most competitive in the country.
Press release and details available here

New Jersey Election 2002
2002 Recommendations for Better Campaigns
Recommendations from the Eagleton Institute, focused on debates and media coverage, to help citizens decide whether and how to vote.

The Need to Advertize Gubernatorial Debates in New Jersey
Eagleton's research in the 1997 gubernatorial campaign showed that it was nearly impossible for a voter to find out when the debates were on the air. There was no organized effort to publicize the debates.

2001 Proposal for Public Education Campaign on Candidate Debates

2001 Gubernatorial Debate Ad Campaign to Alert Voters
A major grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and initial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey have enabled the New Jersey Project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics to launch the first public education campaign to alert voters to the gubernatorial debates.

Poll Results on What is Helpful to Voters
In 2001, the New Jersey Project and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling conducted a survey to ask voters about the helpfullness of different sources of information about candidates.

New Jersey Congressional Campaigns in 1998: Not Bad but Not Enough
Report by Gerald M. Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science and Eagleton Institute of Politics faculty member, and Ingrid W. Reed, New Jersey Project director. The report is featured in the November 1999 issue of the New Jersey Reporter.
Report summary
Full report