(Corrected) Within a few weeks, New Jersey will have a new governor, a new senate president, and a new assembly speaker. The last time that happened was in January, 1990, when Democrat James Florio was sworn in as governor, John Lynch (D-New Brunswick) as senate president, and Joseph Doria (D-Bayonne) as assembly speaker. Republican Thomas Kean was sworn in as governor, Carmen Orechio (D-Nutley) became senate president, and Alan Karcher (D-Sayreville) was the new speaker. New people in all three posts were once very common, back in the days when legislative leaders served one or two year terms.
Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) has been re-elected to a fourth term as Assembly Minority Leader; that makes him the longest serving Republican leader of the minority in state history. The record is held by Doria, who was the minority leader from 1992 to 2002, after serving two years as speaker.