21st Legislative District (New Jersey)

21st Legislative District (New Jersey)

New Jersey's 21th Legislative district
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New Jersey State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)
New Jersey General Assemblymembers Jon Bramnick (R)
Nancy Munoz (R)
Registration 25.7% Democratic
17.1% Republican
58.2% Independent
Demographics 89,7% White
2.3% Black/African American
0.1% Native American
5.6% Asian
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2.2% Other race
4.9% Hispanic
Population 215,342
Voting-age population 160,460
Registered voters 145,243

New Jersey's 21st Legislative District is one of 40 in the state, covering the Essex County municipality of Millburn Township, the Morris County communities of Chatham Township, Harding Township, Long Hill Township and Madison Borough, the Somerset County localities of Warren Township and Watchung Borough, and the Union County municipalities of Berkeley Heights Township, Cranford Township, Garwood Borough, Mountainside Borough, New Providence Borough, Roselle Park Borough, Springfield Township, Summit City and Westfield Town.[1] As of the 2000 United States Census, the district had a population of 215,342.[2]

Changes to the district made as part of the New Jersey Legislative redistricting in 2001, based on the results of the 2000 United States Census removed Kenilworth Borough and Union Township (both to the 20th Legislative District) Caldwell Township, Essex Fells Township, Livingston Township, North Caldwell Township and Roseland Borough (all to the 27th Legislative District), Cedar Grove Township and Verona Township (both to the 40th Legislative District) and added Berkeley Heights Township, Chatham Township, Cranford Township, Garwood Borough, Long Hill Township, Mountainside Borough, New Providence Borough, Warren Township, Watchung Borough and Westfield Town (from the 22nd Legislative District), Harding Township (from the 25th Legislative District) and Madison Borough (from the 26th Legislative District).[3]

Demographic characteristics

The densely populated district is one of the wealthiest in the state, with the highest equalized property value and income on a per capita basis. Standardized test schools in the district's public schools were the highest of all districts statewide, and the district placed third in the percentage of 9th graders graduating from high school. Voter registration and turnout is among the highest in the state, with registered Republicans outnumbering Democrats by a more than 3-2 margin.[4][5]

Political representation

The district is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).[6]

Election history

After a single term in the Senate, Thomas G. Dunn was dropped by the Union County Democrats in 1977 and was replaced on the party line by Elizabeth Mayor John T. Gregorio.[7] Dunn ran as an independent and lost to Gregorio in the general election.[8]

Edward K. Gill, elected to the Assembly in 1981 after C. Louis Bassano ran for the Senate, had announced that he would not run for a third term in the Assembly shortly before his death in February 1985.[9] Peter J. Genova was elected in a special election to fill Gill's vacant seat.[10]

Joel Weingarten was elected to the Assembly in a November 1996 special election in which he defeated Democratic candidate Robert R. Peacock to fill the one year remaining on the vacant seat of Monroe Jay Lustbader, who had died in office in March 1996.[11]

A special convention of Republican Party delegates chose Nancy Munoz in May 2009 to succeed her husband, Eric Munoz, following his death in March of that year.[12]

Session State Senate[13] Assembly[14]
1976-1977 Thomas G. Dunn Thomas J. Deverin John T. Gregorio
1978-1979 John T. Gregorio Thomas J. Deverin Raymond Lesniak
1980-1981 C. Louis Bassano Raymond Lesniak
1982-1983 C. Louis Bassano Edward K. Gill Chuck Hardwick
1984-1985 C. Louis Bassano Edward K. Gill Chuck Hardwick
1986-1987 Peter J. Genova Chuck Hardwick
1988-1989 C. Louis Bassano Peter J. Genova Chuck Hardwick
1990-1991[15] Neil M. Cohen Chuck Hardwick
1992-1993 C. Louis Bassano Monroe Jay Lustbader Maureen Ogden
1994-1995[16] C. Louis Bassano Monroe Jay Lustbader Maureen Ogden
1996-1997 Monroe Jay Lustbader Kevin J. O'Toole
1998-1999[17] C. Louis Bassano Kevin J. O'Toole Joel M. Weingarten
2000-2001[18] Kevin J. O'Toole Joel M. Weingarten
2002-2003[19] Richard Bagger Thomas Kean, Jr. Eric Munoz
2004-2005[20] Thomas Kean, Jr. Jon Bramnick Eric Munoz
2006-2007 Jon Bramnick Eric Munoz
2008-2009 Thomas Kean, Jr. Jon Bramnick Eric Munoz
2010-2011[21] Jon Bramnick Nancy Munoz