In a year filled with political upheaval, dizzying decisions and significant changes in the conduct of elections, some events still stand out as the highlights of 2021.
“For me, the biggest story of the year has been the red wave of the elections. Very few people expected it, ”said John Froonjian, executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.
Overall, Republicans won six Assembly seats and one in the State Senate, with the most gains in South Jersey, allowing the GOP to emerge from the political wilderness of New Jersey after many years. , Froonjian said.
In 2022, Democrats will still have a majority, but it will be smaller. They will hold 24 of the 40 Senate seats (up from 25 this year) and 46 of the 80 Assembly seats (up from 52).
The wave swept through even the powerful President of the State Senate, Steve Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, dismissed from office. Truck driver Edward Durr of Logan Township in Gloucester County beat him.
“I think the most important thing, really, is that they took over the suburbs that had been in Democratic hands for a few years, especially by rejecting Donald Trump,” Froonjian said. “Was this a step back or are they going back to Republicans?” – in which case that would be a big deal for Democrats. “