Jersey Girls Caucus Power List

Loretta Weinberg Binder
Sen. Weinberg looks over the Binder Full of Women

PolitickerNJ’s Power List came out for 2012 a few days ago. It’s a fun list, and we sure did like it when Blue Jersey founder Juan Melli was listed by predecessor PoliticsNJ as Politician of the Year just months after Blue Jersey launched. I don’t always think the same things are important as Politicker does, which is not to disparage them, merely to say when it comes to what’s worth talking about, we have different viewpoints. Nevertheless, fun list. I particularly enjoyed seeing rising Dem leader Vin Gopal show up there.

But Sen. Loretta Weinberg took a closer look. And as you can read in the comment skirmish between her and Politicker’s Darryl Isherwood, the two of them don’t see power quite the same way, and the appearance of so few women on the list – which Darryl defends – is a concern.

Of Politicker’s 100, only 15 are women; there are only 4 in the Top 50. Mary Pat Christie’s highest ranked (6), followed by Christie Communications Director Maria Comella (13), Christie mortgagor Michelle Brown (33) and his Deputy COS for Policy, Deborah Gramiccioni. Weinberg:

PolitickerNJ released their list of “100 most powerful political players in New Jersey.” By the boldface type in the article, readers were warned, “Please keep in mind that, as usual, the list doesnot include elected officials, judges, or former governors.” They forgot to mention, that this year’s list also does not include most of the states most powerful political players who happen to be women. Only 15 women were included in this year’s list of 100. For those lucky 15, many of them are fortunate to have close connections to male “players” listed well above them.

The Jersey Girls List is alphabetical – egalitarian that way. I’m on it. And yes, that makes me stammer a little, blush and kick at the imaginary pebble at my feet. But it’s by no means a Dems-only list. For that would be wrong.

Jersey Girls Caucus Power List, below the fold.

Jersey Girls Caucus Power List

Patricia Barnett New Jersey Nurses Association

Susan Bass Levin The Cooper Foundation

Laurel  Brennan AFL-CIO

Michelle Brown New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Dana Burley New Jersey General Assembly

Cindy Burton Philadelphia Inquirer

Annette Catino QualCare

Mary Pat Christie First Lady of New Jersey

Susan Cole Montclair State University

Maria Comella Office of the Governor

Michelle Coryell Office of the Senate President

Mary Cruz Adler for Congress

Michellene Davis Barnabas Health

Charlotte DeFilippo Union County Democratic Organization

Sonia Delgado Princeton Public Affairs

Lizette Delgado SEIU

Angela Delli Santi Associated Press

Rosi Efthim Blue Jersey

Karin Elkis Office of Senator Bob Menendez

Zulima Farber Lowenstein Sadler

Jeanne Fox Board of Public Utilities

Debbie Francica Office of the Senate Majority Leader

Janice Fuller Office of Congressman Pallone

Christina Genovese Renna Office of the Governor

Gail Gordon Republican Fundraiser

Deborah Gramiccioni  Office of the Governor

Lynn Haynes Sabbath Senate Democratic Office

Jeanette Hoffman Capital Impact Group

Lisa Jackson United States Environmental Protection Agency

Michelle Jaker Planned Parenthood of New Jersey

Lisa Kaado Women’s Political Caucus

Barbara Keshishian NJEA

Karen Kominsky Wolff & Sampson

Jeannine LaRue Kaufman Zita Group

Kay LiCausi Hoboken Strategies

Beverly Lynch Advocacy & Management Group

Samantha Maltzman Democratic Fundraiser

Ruth Mandel Eagleton Institute of Politics

Marcia Marley Blue Wave

Patti McGuire Princeton Public Affairs

Bernadette McPherson Pascrell for Congress

Kelly Mooij New Jersey Audubon Society

Maggie Moran M Public Affairs

Tricia Mueller Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

Mary Noonan  Office of Congressman Chris Smith

Mary ODowd Department of Health

Denise Rodgers UMDNJ/Rutgers

Julie Roginsky Democratic Party Operative

Hetty Rosenstein CWA

Betsy Ryan New Jersey Hospital Association

Babs Siperstein Garden State Equality

Christine Stearns NJBIA

Candy Straight Republican Fundraiser

Jennifer Taylor Assembly Democratic Office

Myra Terry EMERGE

Ann Twomey HPAE

Jennifer Velez Department of Human Services

Mary Wachter Holy Name Medical Center

Debbie Walsh  Center for Women and Politics

Trish Zita Kaufman Zita Group

Comments (4)

  1. Jeff Gardner

    In fact, there are even more women than this list that leap to mind. It doesn’t take special treatment to include them – just eyes opened wider.

    Reply

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