Inside these pages you’ll find PolitickerNJ’s 2010 Power List of the 100 most politically influential people in the state. In compiling this year’s list, we used some tried and tested rules from the past, including the elimination of elected officials, sitting judges, past governors and former U.S. senators. Most anyone else was fair game.
To find our Power 100, the editorial staff of PolitickerNJ combed through the ranks of government staffers, political appointees, attorneys, lobbyists, media, labor unions, party leaders and anyone else who moves and shakes in the Garden State. We hope you’ll see some familiar names as well as some surprises.
Much has changed in the last year and New Jersey has found itself under the glare of the national spotlight. In the span of less than a year, the new governor has drastically altered the dynamics of power in Trenton and in doing so has become the darling of the national GOP. And with the new administration comes a new set of players who have risen into the ranks of the power elite.
The coming year promises to be one of the most exciting in the state’s political history, with redistricting, midterm elections in all of the state’s 40 legislative districts and the beginning of a presidential campaign in which New Jersey and its governor may find play a pivotal role. We look forward to watching how the names that populate this list impact the agenda over the next 12 months.
Like the state house, there is a new administration at PolitickerNJ. And while the same rules applied to the making of this list as in years past, the list as always is subjective. Therefore, we discourage you from making comparisons to past lists and as you’ll notice we decided to forgo the traditional stock ticker column which shows rises and falls from prior years.
With that, we invite you to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.