The 100th Most Powerful Person in New Jersey politics is political satirist Stephen Colbert, a Montclair resident who hosts the popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. In a runoff election to capture the final spot on the prestigious list, which will be released this afternoon, Colbert defeated money manager Todd Christie, the brother of Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie, by a 36%-33% margin. Tricia Mueller, a political operative who works for the carpenters union, finished third with 31%.
PolitickerNJ.com allows our readers to vote for the final spot on the list. Colbert was the top vote getter in the first round of voting, which featured a field of fifteen candidates.