Troy Singleton, Assemblyman, LD7
Strengths: Just as Sweeney has political cudgels forged from ironworkers’ furnaces, African-American labor leader Singleton can fall back on his brothers at the Carpenters Union. Popular, he can’t see his name in print without inevitably running into the words “rising star,” which already has other South Jersey politicos squirming.
Weaknesses: He occupies a South Jersey universe where short of going rogue, he’ll have to wait his turn before he goes anywhere.
Prognosis: State Senate when state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) retires.