In the Senate, a huge number of retirements

So far, ten of the forty Senators who started the year will not return to Trenton in January, 2008.

Seven are Republicans: Martha Bark, Leonard Connors, Bill Gormley (who left last month), Walter Kavanaugh, Robert Littell, Robert Martin and Joseph Palaia. Three are Democrats: Wayne Bryant, Joseph Doria and Bernard Kenny.

There could still be additional retirements, with Democrat Sharpe James and Republican Peter Inverso heading the list of incumbents on a retirement watch.

While Inverso is a safe bet for a sixth term if he runs — he's expected to face state Rate Counsel Seema Singh — James, the former Mayor of Newark, will almost certainly face a hotly contested primary.

Tho ee other Democratic Senators are in competitive primaries: Loretta Weinberg (against Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes); and Ronald Rice (against Essex County Freeholder Bilal Beasley). In the Senate, a huge number of retirements