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)
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. As of the 2000 United States Census, the district had a population of 215,342.
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).
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.
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. Dunn ran as an independent and lost to Gregorio in the general election.
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. Peter J. Genova was elected in a special election to fill Gill's vacant seat.
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.
|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||Neil M. Cohen||Chuck Hardwick|
|1992-1993||C. Louis Bassano||Monroe Jay Lustbader||Maureen Ogden|
|1994-1995||C. Louis Bassano||Monroe Jay Lustbader||Maureen Ogden|
|1996-1997||Monroe Jay Lustbader||Kevin J. O'Toole|
|1998-1999||C. Louis Bassano||Kevin J. O'Toole||Joel M. Weingarten|
|2000-2001||Kevin J. O'Toole||Joel M. Weingarten|
|2002-2003||Richard Bagger||Thomas Kean, Jr.||Eric Munoz|
|2004-2005||Thomas Kean, Jr.||Jon Bramnick||Eric Munoz|
|2006-2007||Jon Bramnick||Eric Munoz|
|2008-2009||Thomas Kean, Jr.||Jon Bramnick||Eric Munoz|
|2010-2011||Jon Bramnick||Nancy Munoz|