In the world of New Jersey politics, young people are often behind-the-scenes players for some of the most well known political figureheads in the state. Sometimes, those young people step out of the shadows and make their own bids for office. Other times, they become influential lobbyists dedicated to a cause. Regardless of how they are involved, those under 30 are a mainstay of the Garden State’s political world.
Every year, Observer New Jersey Politics (formerly PolitickerNJ) compiles a list to recognize young people who have risen to the top. View the slideshow for the full 2016 list.