POLITICKERNJ’s 50 Most Powerful Elected Officials: 2014

Below is this year’s PolitickerNJ list of the 50 most powerful elected officials in the State of New Jersey.

As always, this is obviously an inexact science, ultimately only prompting questions about the very nature of power.

At the heart of those questions lies the difference between organizational power, where politicians work within a specific political structure to accomplish legislative or executive goals; versus individual power, where the right to exercise one’s First Amendment without care of organizational consequences, creates its own unique kind of influence.

Below is this year’s PolitickerNJ list of the 50 most powerful elected officials in the State of New Jersey.

As always, this is obviously an inexact science, ultimately only prompting questions about the very nature of power.

At the heart of those questions lies the difference between organizational power, where politicians work within a specific political structure to accomplish legislative or executive goals; versus individual power, where the right to exercise one’s First Amendment without care of organizational consequences, creates its own unique kind of influence.

By definition, New Jersey government renders those elected officials in the upper reaches of Trenton political circles best positioned to make an impact.

Look at key dominant regions. Look at organizational power connected from one region to another. Power concentrations north and south based on population and political organization take precedence. Those include mayoral and executive fiefdoms in charge of patronage.

But there are those on this list who by virtue of their own veteran status, name ID, or particular story can at times transcend those relationships and define power largely on their own terms.

Each has political value.

This year, the consequences of Bridgegate, mayor’s races in Paterson and Newark, Atlantic City mayhem, legislative successes, and the ongoing jockeying toward governor 2017 all factor into the narrative…


23. Troy Singleton, LD7 Assemblyman D

The protégé of former Speaker Joe Roberts has strong professional and political ties to the Carpenters and South Jersey and a 24/7 political temperament. He’s in a very solid position in the 2017 gubernatorial sweepstakes as players on all sides court his attentions.

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