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United States gubernatorial elections, 1965

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1965

The 1965 gubernatorial elections in the United States involved only New Jersey and Virginia.

New Jersey

A major driver of the 1965 race was taxes, or at least that was the plan, until a university teacher made a smart remark concerning the Vietnam War. After his re-election win, Hughes tried to do an income tax, but that bill died. The tax would come into play after the state Supreme Court handed down a decision concerning property taxes for schools in 1973. Hughes would become Chief Justice in 1974, and after much battling with then-Gov. Brendan Byrne and the New Jersey Congress concerning taxes for public education, the income tax finally made it to New Jersey.[1]


The 1965 Virginia's Governor's Race was colorful in that not only a new governor emerged, ([4][5]


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Richard J. Hughes Democratic Re-elected, 57.39% Wayne Dumont, Jr. (Republican) 41.08%
Robert Lee Schlachter (Conservative) 0.93%
Christopher C. Vespucci (Veterans Choice) 0.24%
Julius Levin (Socialist Labor) 0.21%
Ruth F. Shiminsky (Socialist Workers) 0.14%[6]
Virginia Albertis S. Harrison, Jr. Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Mills E. Godwin, Jr. (Democratic) 47.89%
A. Linwood Holton, Jr. (Republican) 37.71%
William J. Story Jr. (Virginia Conservative) 13.38%


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