For the first time in 12 years, New Jerseyans will choose a governor this fall without an incumbent in the race. It’s a critical moment for the future of the state, and it comes at a time when conversations across the political divide are increasingly difficult. That's why WNYC is working with other news organizations in New Jersey to explore the gubernatorial election — and political divisions — through the lens of individual neighborhoods. We’re calling it Voting Block, and we've chosen the most northerly block of Hillside Terrace, which starts in South Orange and ends in West Orange.
On the southern end, the houses are about 100 years old, mostly two-story Craftsman style, with front porches and tall trees. The block then changes abruptly, and the last third of the homes are all split-level ranches that come to an end on a cul-de-sac.