Vineland Voters Asked: Do You Have Issues?

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A small group of Vineland voters will ask each other: ‘What are the most important issues in the 2017 governor’s race?’

A group of Vineland neighbors have been tapped to talk about New Jersey’s race for governor, teaming up with SNJ Today as part of a statewide effort to dig deeper into the mindsets of voters.

The focus is on Garry Avenue in Vineland, Cumberland County’s largest city, where the neighbors met earlier this month and will gather at least once more for group discussions before the Nov. 7 election.

Media companies from every county across the Garden State — and in the neighboring New York City and Philadelphia markets — are participating in the collaborative reporting effort called Voting Block, following groups of neighbors this fall as the race develops.

Voting Block NJ Cumberland County This year’s gubernatorial race pits Democrat Phil Murphy, a retired Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. ambassador to Germany, against Republican Kim Guadagno, who has served as Gov. Chris Christie's lieutenant governor for eight years.

Ortley Beach and the Bay Boulevard area, Halsey Street in Newark and Cloverhill Place in Montclair are three of the other communities involved in the project.

The project’s mission is to encourage political discussion and more informed voters in neighborhoods across the state ahead of this fall’s gubernatorial election.

SNJ Today’s reporting partners include 15 hyperlocal and six ethnic-news organizations across the state as well as WYNC, the National Public Radio (NPR) station in New York City; WHYY, the NPR station in Philadelphia; NJ Spotlight and The Record.

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There will be more articles and broadcasts in the days running up to the election.

Cumberland County is home to a diverse population of approximately 154,000 people. One of the state’s most challenged counties, often appearing at the top of lists a county wouldn’t want to be on, and towards the bottom of the ones a county would hope to be on, Cumberland County is about the 16th largest county in the Garden State. 

Known for its agricultural and food industries, large swaths of farmland, preserved history and nature, current and past glassmaking, as well as its proximity to Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, Cumberland County features the historic county seat of Bridgeton, as well as the two neighboring cities of Millville and Vineland.

Vineland, founded in 1861 by visionary Charles K. Landis with the intent of establishing an agricultural community, is the largest city in the county and in the state, by geographical measures.

With its local economy still dependent on farming, industries such as glass manufacturing, food processing, education and healthcare also play integral roles in Vineland. 

SNJ Today introduced the Vineland voters who will be participating in the Voting Block project. In the second part of this feature—which will run in October—the group members will share their thoughts on what they think are the most important issues in November’s state election.

This story is part of the Voting Block series and was produced in collaboration with the Center for Cooperative Media, the Center for Investigative Reporting and members of the NJ News Commons. To read all the stories in this series, visit  

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