Wilson, Governor of NJ
Wilson ran for Governor of NJ in 1910 against the republican candidate Vivian M. Lewis. His campaign was based on a separation from machine politics and party bosses. Wilson beat Lewis in the general election by 49,000 votes.
After Wilson's win the Democrats took control of the General Assembly, although the State Senate was still slightly controlled by the Republicans. Wilson stayed true to his promises of reform and within six months established state primaries which essentially eliminated party bosses out of the presidential election process in the state. Wilson also worked to reform the public utility commission and brought forth the idea of worker's compensation to NJ.
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