The anticipated guilty plea of John Lynch will end a reign of power that has extended through eight Governors, not including John Bennett. Lynch has spent most of his life in politics: his father, John A. Lynch, was the longtime Mayor of New Brunswick and served as Middlesex County’s State Senator from 1955 until his retirement in 1977. (He was the Senate President in 1966, when the Democrats took control for the first time since 1914.) He was elected New Brunswick Democratic Municipal Chairman in 1975, Mayor in 1978, and State Senator in 1981. He was the Majority Leader from 1986 to 1990, the Senate President from 1990 to 1992, and the Minority Leader from 1992 to 1998. He has been the undisputed political boss of Middlesex County — one of the state’s premier Democratic political machines. Since leaving the Senate in 2001 — reportedly to reap the benefits of his efforts to elect James E. McGreevey as Governor — Lynch has run one of the largest Democratic political action committees in the state.