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City of Newark
Powerful and effective mayor expertly guided state’s largest city through social justice protests and pandemic.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker
Booker will chair the subcommittee on criminal justice and counterterrorism. He’s the first Black chair of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.
Asm. Speaker Craig Coughlin (T-#10)
Longtime legislator has come into his own as strong and steady leader of the Assembly.
City of Jersey City
Continues to set the pace as a mayor in tune with both social and business initiatives. Few — anywhere in the country — do it better.
Sen. Vin Gopal
A future leader in the Senate and in the state. Everyone sees him as a rising political star.
Sen. Bob Menendez (#6)
Now that the Democrats control the Senate, some feel Menendez will be as powerful as any senators outside of the majority leader.
Sen. Steve Oroho
He’s the Republican budget officer — but, more than that, he’s someone whose economic acumen is respected by all, especially Senate President Steve Sweeney.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (#11)
House of Representatives
He’s the longest-serving Democratic member of the New Jersey delegation, but everyone agrees he is the most powerful and influential.
Asw. Eliana Pintor Marin (T-#26)
Budget chair was one of the guiding forces when it came to getting the incentives package through the Legislature.
Sen. Paul Sarlo (T-#26)
As the chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, Sarlo will have his work cut out for him in the coming months.
Sen. Troy Singleton
He is another member of the Legislature that everyone has pegged for bigger and better things.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (T-#10)
His power has waned during pandemic. It remains to be seen how much impact he can have overseeing of the state’s borrowing.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg
Majority leader already has said she will not run for reelection in the fall, but expect her to continue to challenge the governor to do what’s right.
Asm. Benjie Wimberly
Deputy speaker has been and will continue to be front and center on all issues surrounding cannabis legislation.