The generational ties of family to NJ Politics

NEW BRUNSWICK – The Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics Tuesday welcomed former Governors Thomas Kean of New Jersey and Mario Cuomo of New York to enjoy a fireside chat with Institute Director Ruth Mandel.

The former governors discussed their friendship and bipartisan collaboration during the 1980s when their terms in office coincided, and considered their sons’s paths into politics.

“I hope Andrew will have that kind of relationship with the current of New Jersey,” said Cuomo, reflecting on his closeness to Kean and referring to his son, New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Below is printed a partial list of people in New Jersey politics who carry on a family tradition, as is the case with the Keans and Cuomos…

Rodney Frelinghuysen

As a veteran Republican who has built a lifetime of connections, the 11th District Congressman and son of former U.S. Rep. Peter Frelinghuysen is arguably at his most powerful now as the Republicans assume a majority with the coming of the new year.

Chris Connors

The son of former state Senator Leonard Conners is on pace to run for re-election next year in the 9th Legislative District.

Ron Rice

The animated West Ward Newark Councilman is regularly discussed in Democratic Party circles as a successor to U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) in the 11th District.

Tom Kean

Since 2006, the former U.S. Senate candidate moved up to take the leadership reins of the Senate Republican Caucus. He was in attendance at yesterday’s Eagleton event. 

Brian Hughes

Son of former Gov. Richard J. Hughes, the Mercer County executive faces re-election next year.

Tom Giblin

Son of the late Assemblyman John Giblin, labor leader and Assemblyman Giblin is a former state party chairman.

Ras Baraka

The Newark South Ward councilman, son of celebrated poet/activist Amiri Baraka, stared down the local organization in May and claimed his council seat. 

Donald Payne

The Newark City Council President outdueled Councilwoman Mildred Crump for the city council throne after the May elections. He is the son of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark).

Darrin Sharif

A son of South Ward political operative Carl Sharif, this one time inner circle player of Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated Booker’s ally in the May Central Ward race to trigger the demise of the mayor’s municipal utilities authority.

Alisa Cooper

The freeholder from Atlantic County is daughter of the late former Assemblywoman Dolores Cooper. She is a potential future candidate for the Assembly in the 2nd District.

Alison McHose

Gonged by Gov. Chris Christie during the budget session, the movement conservative daugher of Senator Robert Littell faces re-election next year as an Assemblywoman from Franklin.

Tony Bucco

The Morris County Republican easily defeated his brother in-law last year to lay claim to one half of the assembly representation in a district dominated by his father, state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton).

Jon Hornik

A rising star in the Democratic Party, the mayor of Marlboro grew up studying his father, the late Mayor Saul Hornik.

Steve Adubato

The former assemblyman from Newark’s North Ward took to broadcasting after his political career, but the bloodlines remain wired in to central headquarters and political pooh-bah Steve Adubato, Sr.

Joe Cryan

Assembly Majority leader and former state party chairman Cryan is the son of the late John Cryan, former Essex County sheriff and beloved party leader.

Chris Durkin

Often rumored to be the heir apparent to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, the Essex County Clerk is the son of former State Democratic Chairman Ray Durkin. 

Kip Bateman

The Somerset County GOP senator learned politcs from his father, state Senate Majority Leader Ray Bateman, a 1977 Republican candidate for governor, who attended last night’s Eagleton Insititute event.

Lou Greenwald

Son of the late Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald, the Assembly Budget Chairman may be a future candidate for governor.

John Cimino

Poised to run in a Jan. 8th special convention for the 14th District assembly seat vacated by state Sen. Linda Greenstein, Cimino’s father, Skip, served as an assemblyman. 

Kate Whitman Annis

The daughter of former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman failed in her bids for freeholder, congress and local office, but impressed fellow Republicans with her efforts on behalf of 2008 party nominee U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon).

Leonard Lance

The late Senator Wesley Lance of Glen Gardner schooled the former state Senate Minority Leader and sitting representative from the 7th Congressional District.

Josh Lautenberg

A resident of Vail, Colorado, the son of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) is currently pursuing a vacant seat in the Colorado state legislature.

Joe DiVincenzo Jr.

A school teacher and staffer for former Assemblyman Fred Scalera, Joe D. – son of the powerful Essex County executive with the same name – was a prospective replacement for Scalera and over the course of the past year has increased his profile on the Essex political circuit.

Mike DuHaime

The chief engineer of Gov. Chris Christie’s successful run for governor and national Republican operative is the son of former GOP Passaic County Freeholder Richard DuHaime, a former candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Bill Pascrell III

The ferociously loyal son of the 8th Congressional District representative works as a lobbyist for Princeton Public Affairs.

Peter Barnes

Newly crowned Assembly Judicary Chairman Barnes – son of the former Assemblyman of the same name – plants his political roots in Edison.

Alicia Menendez

The daughter of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) is a regular contributing political analyst on cable news.

Toni Angelini

The daughter of Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) serves on the local governing body in Matawan. 

Bonnie Watson-Coleman

The daughter of the late Assemblyman John S. Watson served as assembly majority leader and state Democratic Party chair.

Michael Patrick Carroll

Son of grizzled political reporter and pollster Maurice Carroll, the Morris County-based Republican is generally regarded as the most conservative member of the Assembly.

Matt Holt

The grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Clifford Case serves as a Republican freeholder from Hunterdon Conty and may pursue another shot at the state Assembly sometime in the future.  The generational ties of family to NJ Politics