The likely but still not called shift to a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives would that several New Jerseyans will lose key committee and subcommittee chairmanships.
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) is set to lose one of the biggest prizes on Capitol Hill: chairman of the hugely powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee.
Five New Jersey Democrats would lose their subcommittee posts: Donald Norcross (D-Ewing) chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces; Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) is the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee chairman; Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) is heads the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee in Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials; Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) is chair of the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment; and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) will no longer lead the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security.
But at least one New Jersey Republican is set to move up: Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) is expected to become chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee in Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights.
Albio Sires (D-West New York) is retiring this year from the House seat he’s held since 2006. He has chaired the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western for four years, but he’d have lost the post anyway. The loss of the House won’t affect Sires: he’s set to return to the job he liked best when he runs for mayor of West New York in May 2023.