John J. Farmer, Jr., Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics
Farmer is available to provide political analysis of the election results and how the outcome may forecast the political atmosphere for the 2020 election. Farmer is also an expert on redistricting. In 2011, he served as counsel to the commission that redrew New Jersey’s legislative districts and, later that year, was appointed the independent, tie-breaking member of the commission charged with developing a new map of New Jersey’s congressional districts.
Farmer said, “The Democrats have been trying to make this year’s election a referendum on President Trump and Governor Christie; the Republicans have been trying to make the election a referendum on Governor Murphy. I suspect that the races will be influenced equally by the perceived effectiveness of incumbents in representing local interests.”
John Weingart, Associate Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics
Weingart is available to discuss public interest in the election, political trends that are affecting NJ Assembly races, and the implications of the elections for governing in Trenton and for the next New Jersey state elections in 2021.
Weingart said, “With all the attention focused on Washington, it is easy to forget that many of the significant problems and issues facing New Jersey can to some extent be confronted in Trenton by the legislature and Governor Murphy.”
Elizabeth C. Matto, Associate Research Professor; Director, Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation
Matto is available to discuss youth interest in the election, youth voter turnout, young candidates running for office, and youth voter mobilization. Matto is also available to speak about how youth voter turnout in this election compares to the 2018 midterm election and what is expected for 2020.
Matto said, “There are signs in recent years that young adults are more interested in politics and more inclined to turn out to vote. The question this year is whether this trend will continue in an election that receives much less attention than presidential or even midterm campaigns.”
Ashley Koning, Assistant Research Professor; Director of Eagleton’s Center for Public Interest Polling
Koning is available to discuss New Jersey and national public opinion trends and likely voter turnout for this election. She can also comment on how the results may forecast public opinion shifts and trends for the 2020 election.
Koning said, “Off-election years are synonymous with low awareness, low interest, and exceptionally low turnout – especially when more localized races like the State Assembly are at the top of the ticket. Our past polling has shown that most New Jerseyans are completely unaware of state legislative races during these types of election cycles, which offices are on the ballot, and who even represents them.”
Walsh is available to discuss the increase in women elected officials and candidates running for office on a state and national level. Walsh can speak about the results of the NJ election and what the outcome may mean for women running in 2020.
Sinzdak is available to discuss women elected officials and candidates running at the state level in NJ this election, how the results compare to women’s representation in other state legislatures around the country, and what this may mean for 2020.
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