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1977 New Jersey gubernatorial election



The 1977 New Jersey gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1977. Incumbent Democrat Brendan Byrne defeated Republican nominee Raymond Bateman with 55.71% of the vote. As of 2019, this is the last time a Democratic governor won reelection in New Jersey, and the last time Hunterdon and Warren Counties were carried by a Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on June 7, 1977.

Democratic primary



Candidates

  • Brendan Byrne, incumbent Governor
  • Robert A. Roe, U.S. Representative
  • Ralph DeRose, former State Senator
  • James Florio, U.S. Representative
  • Joseph A. Hoffman, former Department of Labor and Industry commissioner
  • Raymond Garramone, State Senator
  • A. Howard Freund
  • Paul T. Jordan, Mayor of Jersey City
  • Emery J. Zold
  • George Koukos
  • Melvin M. Whaley

    Results

    Republican primary



    Candidates

  • Raymond Bateman, State Senator
  • Thomas Kean, State Assemblyman
  • C. Robert Sarcone, former State Senator
  • William A. Angus Jr., former Mayor of Moorestown

    Results

    General election



    Candidates

    Major party candidates
  • Brendan Byrne, Democratic
  • Raymond Bateman, Republican

    Other candidates
  • Francis W. Flowers, Declare Your Independence
  • Chester Grabowski, Independents for All
  • Frank J. Primich, Libertarian
  • Chauncey E. McSpiritt, Cheap, Chauncey, Upstart
  • Paul B. Rizzo, Independent
  • Richard D. McAleer, Anti-Income Tax
  • John F. Donato, Axe The Tax
  • Angelo S. Massaro, People's Choice
  • William Zsidisin, One For All
  • Jules Levin, Socialist Labor Party of America
  • Jasper C. Gould, Independent
  • Leif O. Johnson, Labor
  • Robert Ganteaume, Grass Roots
  • Bill Gahres, Right to Die

    Results