21st Legislative District (New Jersey)
|New Jersey's 21st Legislative District|
|Senator||Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)|
|Assembly members||Jon Bramnick (R)
Nancy Munoz (R)
New Jersey's 21st Legislative District is one of 40 in the New Jersey Legislature. As of the 2011 apportionment, the district includes the Morris County communities of Chatham Borough and Long Hill Township; the Somerset County municipalities of Bernards Township, Far Hills Borough, Warren Township and Watchung Borough; the Union County municipalities of Berkeley Heights Township, Cranford Township, Garwood Borough, Kenilworth Borough, Mountainside Borough, New Providence Borough, Roselle Park Borough, Springfield Township, Summit City and Westfield Town.
As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 219,875, of whom 161,480 (73.4%) were of voting age. The racial makeup of the district was 188,028 (85.5%) White, 6,256 (2.8%) African American, 190 (0.1%) Native American, 17,640 (8.0%) Asian, 50 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 3,477 (1.6%) from some other race, and 4,234 (1.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17,698 (8.0%) of the population. The 21st District had 148,889 registered voters as of November 2013, of whom 68,769 (46.2%) were registered as unaffiliated, 42,154 (28.3%) were registered as Republicans, 37,843 (25.4%) were registered as Democrats and 123 (0.1%) were registered to other parties.
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.
When the 40-district legislative map was created in 1973, the 21st District was originally in eastern Union County consisting of Elizabeth, Linden, and Winfield Township plus Carteret in Middlesex County. In the 1981 redistricting, the 21st district became based out of central Union County, centered about Kenilworth and inclusive of the municipalities that border Kenilworth plus Westfield, Garwood, Roselle, and Hillside. In the next redistricting in 1991, a major change occurred to the district's boundaries: It now consisted of northern Union County from Roselle Park and Union Township, then north into the west side of Essex County from Millburn to North Caldwell and Cedar Grove.
Changes to the district made as part of the 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 and Verona (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 2011 apportionment added Chatham Borough (from District 26), Bernards Township (from District 16), Far Hills Borough (from District 16) and Kenilworth Borough (from District 20). Removed were Chatham Township, Harding Township, Madison, and Millburn, all of which were shifted into the 27th Legislative District.
For the 2014-2015 Session, the district is represented in the State Senate by Thomas Kean, Jr. (R, Westfield) and in the General Assembly by Jon Bramnick (R, Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R, Summit).
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.
- Died February 9, 1985
- Elected in March 1985 special election, sworn in on April 15, 1985
- Died March 16, 1996
- Appointed to the Assembly on May 2, 1996, elected to complete unexpired term in November 1996 special election
- Resigned April 16, 2001 to join staff of the Sports and Exposition Authority
- Appointed to the Senate on May 5, 2001
- Appointed to the Assembly on May 10, 2001
- Resigned January 15, 2003
- Appointed to the Senate on March 1, 2003
- Appointed to the Assembly on February 24, 2003
- Died March 30, 2009
- Appointed to the Assembly on May 21, 2009
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