Tuesday is the New Jersey primary — here’s what you need to know

 (Graphic Alan Tu)

(Graphic Alan Tu)

The New Jersey primary is Tuesday, June 6. This time around, voters will decide on candidates for governor and the Legislature. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The main race to watch on Tuesday are the gubernatorial primaries. Republican Governor Chris Christie is term-limited and will finish his second term in January 2018. 

N.J. trivia: How many governors did New Jersey have in January 2002? Answer

There are six Democratic candidates

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Bill Brennan – bio

Jim Johnson – bio

Ray Lesniak – bio

Phil Murphy – bio

John Wisniewski – bio

Mark Zinna – bio

There are five Republican candidates

Jack Ciattarelli – bio

Kim Guadagno – bio

Steven Rogers – bio

Joseph Rullo – bio

Hirsh Singh – bio

Every seat in both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature is up for re-election this year. Legislators are elected from 40 legislative districts of substantially equal population. The voters in each district elect one Senator and two members of the General Assembly.


Currently, the Democrats are the majority party in both Houses. In the Senate there are 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans. There are 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans in the General Assembly.

80 Assembly seats

List of all 187 Assembly primary candidates

40 Senate seats

List of all 88 Senate primary candidates

Check your voter registration status and locate your polling place so you can participate on Tuesday.

Candidates selected in Tuesday’s primary election will represent their party in the November General Election. Over the summer other political parties will nominate candidates to compete in the General Election.

Some of the links direct you to out content partner NJ Spotlight, which has the most comprehensive New Jersey voter guide available. 

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