GRACE SPENCER

Freshman Assemblywoman Grace Spencer is Newark Mayor Cory Booker's closest ally in the New Jersey Legislature; she was his Deputy Campaign Manager in 2006. This could help her or hurt her, and her political future depends largely on Booker's standing with the Essex Democratic leadership around the April filing deadline. Former Assemblyman Bill Payne, the brother of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (and the uncle of ex-Assemblyman Craig Stanley) is interested in returing the seat he gave up to run unsuccessfully for State Senator in 2007.