So, to distract from the s*show that is the current news cycle, here’s a map that I’d like some input on. I’ve been trying to think more closely about an overall sense of what powers Governors have and which ones are stronger or weaker. Thinking about things like executive branch control (i.e. number of Row Officers), judicial appointment powers, selection of LGs, veto threshholds and influence on the legislature, term limits or lack thereof, etc. Here’s what I’ve come up with. I’d love to hear any comments about how to make changes.
Red = Extremely weak (the 6 states with no veto + NH, where the EC limits the Governor dramatically + NC, whose Gov has a veto but little else)
Orange = Somewhat weaker than average
Green = Average
Blue = Somewhat stronger than average
Gray = Imperial Governor (NJ)