1. Cory Booker
Running for President of the United States, the Senator from New Jersey (and former Newark Mayor) has global reach – and may be the next leader of the free world.
2. Ras Baraka
The Mayor of Newark puts the “strong” in strong mayor form of government. He closed out 2018 telling the wounded President Donald J. Trump not to land at Newark Airport.
3. John Currie
The Democratic State Party Chairman is one of Governor Phil Murphy’s closest allies and the grand old man of North Jersey Democratic Party politics.
4. Leroy Jones
Chairman of the Essex County Democratic Committee, he stands poised to succeed Currie as chair of the Democratic Party. The question is when.
5. Sheila Oliver
The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey (a former speaker of the General Assembly) fills in for Murphy when he’s out of state, and serves as commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs.
6. Donald Payne, Jr.
The bow tied Congressman from the 10th District hails from one of New Jersey’s most distinguished African-American political families, son of New Jersey’s first African American Congressman, the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Sr.
7. Bonnie Watson Coleman
The 12th District Congresswoman made history in 2015 when she assumed the oath of office as New Jersey’s first African American Congresswoman. A former Democratic State Party chair with a strong and independent progressive record.
8. Ronald L. Rice
The man no one pushes around, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and veteran member of the New Jersey state Senate, who survived numerous establishment attempts to eject him from power. Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
9. Nia Gill
The Montclair-based state senator from the 34th District stands atop the New Jersey State Senate as the governing body’s most fearsome inquisitor.
10. Troy Singleton
Schooled in the governing arts by former Speaker Joe Roberts, the 7th District state Senator from Willingboro moved quickly up the ranks of the New Jersey Legislature to win a state senate seat in 2017. There’s a lot of buzz about a potential guv run, maybe sooner rather than later.
11. Sandy Cunningham
The Jersey City-based state Senator from the 31st District has for years managed to stay on her feet in the internecine nightmare otherwise known as Hudson County politics.
12. Shirley Turner
The Lawrence-based state Senator from the 15th Legislative District remains one of the senate’s most dignified members, an expert on education issues, an independent Democratic voice, and a champion of government accountability.
13. Herb Conaway
The most educated member of the legislature is both a medical doctor and an attorney. The 7th District representative chairs the Assembly Health Committee.
14. Benjie Wimberly
The Assemblyman from the 35th District heads the Paterson Recreation Department, a perch he has used to build considerable power and influence as a coach for future leaders.
15. Gordon Johnson
The Englewood-based Assemblyman from the 37th District co-chairs the select legislative committee examining how the Economic Development Authority (EDA) receives and distributes funds.
16. Allen Stephen Potts
The Pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church welcomed Baraka and Murphy to worship the morning after Democrats destroyed Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections in New Jersey.
17. Adrian Mapp
The Mayor of Plainfield easily won reelection in 2017 and commands a strong power base in Union County.
18. Lamont Repollet
In his first year in office, New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education proved a visible ally of Governor Phil Murphy.
19. Michael Hill
The reporter and news anchor at NJTV commands respect as one of the best newsmen in New Jersey, aggressive but also elegant.
20. Derek Armstead
The Mayor of Linden easily won reelection in 2018 despite a strong challenge by the allies of State Senator (and Union County Democratic Committee Chairman) Nick Scutari.
21. Larry Hamm
The executive director of the People’s Organization for Progress (POP) commands instantaneous respect in the progressive community of New Jersey as one of the longest-standing frontline advocates for working people and communities of color.
22. Anthony Cureton
Elected last year to supplant his disgraced predecessor, former NAACP Chapter head Cureton serves as the Sheriff of Bergen County.
23. Tony Vauss
The no-nonsense Mayor of Irvington won a second term in office last year with a walkover election.
24. Kenneth Clayton
The pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Paterson stands at ground zero of one of New Jersey’s most challenged urban neighborhoods.
25. Ted Green
The Mayor of East Orange cut his professional teeth as a karate instructor. Close to Essex County Democratic Chairman Jones.
26. Shavonda Sumter
The politically-grounded Assemblywoman from the 35th District commands a power base in Paterson.
27. Jamel Holley
The 20th District Assemblyman has deep Trenton institutional roots and is a former Roselle Mayor.
28. Tahesha Way
Secretary of State for the State of New Jersey and former Passaic County Freeholder.
29. Elnardo Webster, Jr.
Power attorney close to U.S. Senator Booker.
30. Richard T. Smith
The Trenton native serves as the President of the New Jersey NAACP.
31. Deborah Davis Ford
The South Orange Village Trustee is running for Village President this year in her hometown.
32. John Harmon
CEO and President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
33. Sean Spiller
Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and Deputy Mayor of Montclair Twp.
34. Michellene Davis
A veteran of RWJ-Barnabas Health since 2009, Davis is the first person of color to serve as executive vice president in the health system’s history.
35. John E. Wallace
Former Supreme Court Justice and chair of the Joint Legislative Commission on Ethical Standards.
36. Jim Johnson
Defeated by Phil Murphy in the 2017 Democratic Primary for Governor, the former U.S. Treasury Undersecretary served as special counsel in the Murphy Administration to review the state’s future involvement in Atlantic City.
37. Chris James
The former executive director of the Democratic state Committee and 1st Ward East Orange Councilman last year became the local governing body’s president.
38. James Gee
Watson Coleman’s Chief of Staff is a veteran of statewide politics.
39. Dana Redd
The former Mayor of Camden is considered a stateswoman in South Jersey political circles.
40. Mo Butler
The Mercury Partner is Senator Booker’s political guy.
41. Dwayne Warren
Mayor of Orange.
42. Jerell Blakeley
The politically savvy at-large Trenton councilman has a bright future.
43. Tai Cooper
The Deputy Chief Policy Advisor in the Murphy Administration has a scintillating record of achievement in government and politics. Vital in Baraka World as the communications point person in one of the most brutal contests of all time.
44. Sarah Jones
The Director of Government Affairs at Blue Cross/Blue Shield emerged from Payne world to become one of the most dynamic veteran minds in New Jersey politics.
45. Kathy McBride
City Council President of the Trenton City Council.
46. Jonathan L. Young, Sr.
Camden County Freeholder.
47. L. Grace Spencer
Superior Court Judge and former Assemblywoman from the 29th District.
48. Andrew Bobbitt
Veteran respected Aide to the Mayor of the City of Trenton.
49. Jeannine Frisby LaRue
Trenton-based power player with Kaufman-Zita.
50. Adam Taliaferro
The Democratic Assemblyman represents the 3rd District.
51. Jiles Ship
President of the North Jersey Chapter of NOBLE.
52. Junius Williams
Legendary Rutgers University Professor and author.
53. Albert B. Kelly
CEO and Founder of Gateway Community Action Partnership.
54. David Brown
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman.
55. Sam Frisby
Mercer County Freeholder.
56. Levon Putney
Distinguished WCBS 880 Overnight anchor.
57. Robin Vaughn
Vaughn became a citywide hero in Trenton when she picked off troublesome incumbent Zach Chester to grab the West Ward Council seat.
58. Anthony Salters
Veteran, politically savvy chair of the Hillside Democratic Committee.
59. Rick Thigpen
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for PSE&G; son of the late Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen.
60. Rahaman Muhammed
Deputy Mayor for the City of Newark.
61. Alturrick Kenney
Surrogate for Essex County; close to Newark Mayor Baraka.
62. Dan Smith
Senior Advisor to Speaker Craig Coughlin, prized for professionalism.
63. Bill McKoy
The 3rd Ward Councilman from Paterson known for tell-it-like-it-is oratory.
64. Charles Williams
Veteran Essex County Democratic operative; close to LG Sheila Oliver.
65. Sharpe James and John Sharpe James
The inter-generational Newark-tandem consists of the South Ward Councilman and former Newark Mayor.
66. T.J. Best
Passaic County Freeholder; cut his teeth as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.
67. Ruby Cotton
Paterson 4th Ward Councilwoman. Briefly served as Mayor of Silk City.
68. Cleopatra Tucker
The 28th District Assemblywoman from Newark.
69. Angela McKnight
Represents Jersey City and Bayonne as the 31st District Assemblywoman.
70. Lilisa Mimms
At-Large Councilwoman from Paterson.
71. Mildred Crump
Longtime At-Large Councilwoman representing Newark.
72. Shanique Speight
Newark Central Ward-based Assemblywoman from the 29th District.
73. Tency Eason
The veteran Orange Councilwoman represents the North Ward.
74. Wayne Richardson
Respected Essex County Freeholder.
75. Verlina Reynolds Jackson
Assemblywoman from Trenton representing the 15th Legislative District.
76. Linda Carter
Energetic Plainfield-based Assemblywoman representing the 22nd Legislative District.
77. Britnee Timberlake
34th District Assemblywoman from East Orange; former President of the Essex County Freeholder Board.
78. Ken Armwood
Dynamic Middlesex County Freeholder from Piscataway; former football star turned politico.
79. Mila Jasey
Assemblywoman representing the 27th District.
80. Eddie Osborne
At-Large Newark City Councilman; labor leader with LIUNA.
81. Kenyatta Stewart
Highly respected and politically connected attorney from Paterson.
82. Joyce Watterman
Councilwoman at-large representing Jersey City.
83. Angela Garretson
Union County Freeholder and former Mayor of Hillside.
84. Joe MacCallum
West Ward Councilman representing the City of Newark.
85. Frank Gilliam, Jr.
The Mayor of Atlantic City struggled early in his tenure to find his footing amid a blizzard of damaging headlines.
86. Lamonica McIver
Central Ward Councilwoman representing the City of Newark.
87. Andrea Staten
Union County Freeholder.
88. Rufus Johnson
Essex County Freeholder; close to Senator Rice.
89. Rhashonna Cosby
Linden Councilwoman and 2018 candidate for Mayor.
90. Donna K. Williams
Dynamic Orange Councilwoman.
- Shanel Robinson.
91. Shanel Robinson
The former Franklin Twp. Councilwoman made history in 2018 as the leader of the Democratic Freeholder ticket that broke the GOP chokehold on county government.
92. Rebecca Williams
Union County Freeholder; former Council President in Plainfield and a New Democratic Party leader.
93. Dahlia Vertreese
Labor leader with the Operating Engineers and the Mayor of Hillside.
94. Gerry Gibbs
Principal at Capital Impact Group.
95. Marty Small
Atlantic City Councilman and former Mayoral candidate.
96. Mike Jackson
Paterson Councilman representing the 1st Ward.
97. Keiona Miller
North Plainfield Councilwoman. Organizes the annual North Plainfield Community Black History Month Celebration.
98. Frank Minor
The veteran Mayor of Logan Twp.
99. Ernest D. Coursey
Atlantic County Freeholder.
100. Gerry and Missy Balmir
One-two-punch Democratic Party operatives.
101. Kimberly Francois
Veteran Franklin Twp. Councilwoman.
102. Elton Armady
City of Plainfield Councilman.
Jane Warren Williams
Rev. Lanel D. Guyton
Jamila Odom Garnett
William Gallman, Jr.
Tracey L. Brown
Eric “Citizen” Payne
Bill Payne, Sr.
Khahil Chaneyfield Nass
Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.
Harold Johnson, Jr.
Ronald C. Rice
Reverend John Givens
Ken Morris, Jr.