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The New Jersey State Legislature

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The Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office. At its launch in 2002, the project involved constructing a database of young elected officials, conducting a survey and convening a conference of young leaders, and issuing a report entitled Political Generation Next: America’s Young Elected Leaders. Currently, YELP is led by Dr. Elizabeth Matto, Associate Research Professor and Director of Eagleton’s Center for Youth Political Participation, with a team of undergraduate researchers.

Young Elected Leaders (YELs) are individuals, ages 35 or younger, who hold elected public office.

YELP acknowledges and thanks the Center for American Women & Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics for sharing data related to current elected officials.

 

Table of Contents

  1. About the New Jersey State Legislature
  2. Generational Breakdown
  3. Partisanship
  4. Gender
  5. Ethnicity

About The New Jersey State Legislature

“The Legislature consists of two Houses: a 40-member Senate and an 80-member General Assembly. The Senate and Assembly chambers are located in the State House in Trenton.

Senators must be at least 30 years old and residents of the state for four years prior to the election. Members of the Assembly must be at least 21 and state residents for two years. All legislators must live in the districts they represent.” (Source: New Jersey Office of Legislative Services)


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Generational Breakdown

New Jersey Youth Demographics

The total citizen population (ages 18 and above) in New Jersey is roughly 6 million. Out of that, 1,313,200 citizens are considered to be youth ages 18-29, which makes the youth share of the NJ population about 21.8%. This is slightly higher than the total youth share of the United States, which is 21.1%. (Source: CIRCLE – http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/PDF/NJ.pdf)

 

Generational Breakdown of the New Jersey State Legislature

Currently, the NJ Legislature contains members from four different generations:

  • Millennial Generation: 1981-1998*
  • Generation X: 1965-1980
  • Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964
  • Silent Generation: 1928-1945

* When appropriate, we include those who were born after 1998 within the “Millenial Generation” percentages (referred to as “Post-Millennial” by Pew Research Center)

YELP follows the generational distinctions used by The Pew Research Center (http://www.pewresearch.org/topics/millennials/)

The current generation, the Millennial Generation, has overtaken the Baby Boomer Generation as the largest generation nationally.

 

The New Jersey Assembly

 

Generational Breakdown of the AssemblyNJ Assembly Gen

Generational Breakdown of the NJ Assembly
Generation Number of Assembly Members
Millennial Generation 7
Generation X 24
Baby Boom Generation 44
Silent Generation 7

 

 

  • The average age of the NJ Assembly is 56
  • The youngest member is 31 (Bob Andrzecjzak)
  • The oldest member is 80 (Blonnie Watson)
  • 5 individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Bob Andrzecjzak (District 1)
    • Arthur Barclay (District 5)
    • Raj Mukherji (District 33)
    • Adam J. Taliaferro (District 3)
    • Clinton Calabrese (District 36)
  • 5 individuals are from the Millennial Generation
The New Jersey Senate

Generational Breakdown of the Senate

 

Generational Breakdown of the NJ Senate
Generation Number of Members
Millennial Generation 1
Generation X 7
Baby Boom Generation 25
Silent Generation 7

 

  • The average age of the NJ Senate is 62
  • The youngest member is 32 (Vin Gopal)
  • The oldest member is 83 (Gerald Cardinale)
  • There is 1 Young Elected Leader in the NJ State Senate

 


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Partisanship

The New Jersey Assembly

Partisanship of the Assembly

Partisanship of the NJ Assembly
Party Number of Assembly Members
Democrat 55
Republican 29

Partisanship by Generation of the NJ Assembly
Partisanship of the Assembly by Generation

Partisanship by Generation
Number of Democrats Number of Republicans
Millennial Generation 4 1
Generation X 16 8
Baby Boom Generation 28 16
Silent Generation 4 0

Partisanship of the Assembly YELs

The New Jersey Senate

Partisanship of the Senate (1)

Partisanship of the NJ Senate
Party Number of Senators
Democrat 25
Republican 15
Partisanship by Generation of the NJ Senate

Partisanship of the Senate by Generation

Partisanship by Generation
Number of Democrats Number of Republicans
Millennial Generation 1 0
Generation X 5 2
Baby Boom Generation 16 9
Silent Generation 3 4


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Gender

New Jersey Youth Demographics: Gender

 

Gender of US Youth

Source: CIRCLE – http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/PDF/NJ.pdf

The New Jersey Assembly

Gender of the Assembly

Gender of the NJ Assembly
Gender Number of Assembly Members
Men 58
Women 26
Gender by Generation of NJ Assembly

Gender of the Assembly by Generation

Gender by Generation
Number of Men Number of Women
Millennial Generation 5 0
Generation X 13 11
Baby Boom Generation 32 12
Silent Generation 4 3

 

Gender of the YELs of the Assembly
Gender of YELs in the NJ Assembly
Gender Number of Assembly Members
Men 5
Women 0
The New Jersey Senate

Gender of the Senate

Gender of the NJ Senate
Gender Number of Members
Men 30
Women 10
Gender by Generation of the NJ Senate

Gender of the Senate by Generation

Gender by Generation
Number of Men Number of Women
Millennial Generation 1 0
Generation X 5 2
Baby Boom Generation 19 6
Silent Generation 5 2


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Ethnicity

New Jersey Youth Demographics: Ethnicity

Ethnicity of US Youth

Source: CIRCLE – http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/PDF/NJ.pdf

The New Jersey Assembly

Ethnicity of the Assembly

Ethnicity of the NJ Assembly
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 13
Hispanic/Latino 10
Other 1
White/Caucasian 60
Ethnicity by Generation of the NJ Assembly

Ethnicity of the Assembly by Generation

Ethnicity by Generation
Number of Black/African Americans Number of Hispanic/Latinos Number of Other Number of White/Caucasians
Millennial Generation 2 0 1 2
Generation X 5 4 0 15
Baby Boom Generation 5 4 0 47
Silent Generation 2 0 1 1

Ethnicity of the YELS in the Assembly

Ethnicity of YELs in the NJ Assembly
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Other 1
White/Caucasian 1
The New Jersey Senate

Ethnicity of the Senate

Ethnicity of the NJ Senate
Ethnicity Number of Members
Black/African American 5
Hispanic/Latino 4
White/Caucasian 30
Ethnicity by Generation of the NJ Senate

Ethnicity of the Senate by Generation

Ethnicity by Generation
Number of Black/African Americans Number of Hispanic/Latinos Number of White/Caucasians
Millennial Generation 1 0 0
Generation X 2 1 4
Baby Boom Generation 2 2 21
Silent Generation 2 0 5

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