Runoff ’09: Todd Christie, Stephen Colbert and Tricia Mueller compete for final slot on the 2009 Power List

Vote today to pick the final slot on the 2009 Power List, a runoff between the top three vote getters from last week's reader choice poll. Competing for the #100 on our list of the 100 most politically powerful New Jerseyans are: Todd Christie, the brother of Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie; TV personality Stephen Colbert, a Montclair resident who hosts a popular news satire show on Comedy Central; and New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters political director Tricia Mueller. Over the last few years, this site has allowed our readers to pick the final slot on this prestigious list.

In a reader poll that began Thursday morning, Christie led Colbert by a 24%-22% margin, with Mueller close behind at 20%. Twelve other candidates divided the remaining 34%.


In 2008, Atlantic City radio personality Harry Hurley was the Reader's Choice for #100. In a two-day online poll that attracted nearly 2,900 voters, Hurley defeated Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson by a 35%-15% margin. Public Policy guru Jon Shure finished third with 12%, just narrowly leading Union County Manager George Devanney (12%). None of the other six candidates — Cape May County GOP Chairman David Von Savage, attorney and Democratic fundraiser Victor Herlinsky, conservative political strategist Rick Shaftan, Burlington County GOP Chairman Mike Warner, and Jersey City political activists Bobby Jackson and Joe Cardwell — finished in the double digits. Hurley also won a 2007 Reader's Choice poll.

The list, first released in March 2000, is an Insiders List that includes policy makers, party leaders, fundraisers, lobbyists, labor unions, businesses, and associations and have assembled the ultimate list of New Jerseyans with clout, with an impact on politics and government in the Garden State — everyone but elected officials and Judges. Stay tuned!

Results of Reader's Choice '09, First Ballot (over 6,000 votes were cast):

Todd Christie – 24%
Stephen Colbert – 22%
Tricia Mueller – 20%
George LeBlanc – 7%
Bob Briant – 5%
Cathie McLaughlin – 4%
Mike Muller – 3%
Troy Singleton – 3%
Celeste Fitzgerald – 3%
Pablo Fonseca – 3%
Joan Verplanck – 2%
Patrick Gillespie – 2%
Phil Kirschner – 1%
Bill Lavin – 1%
David Knowlton – 0% Runoff ’09: Todd Christie, Stephen Colbert and Tricia Mueller compete for final slot on the 2009 Power List