You can drive from Delaware to New York without going through a district represented by a woman in the New Jersey State Assembly.
The majority of Assembly districts a — 23 of 40 (57.5%) elect one man and one woman to the two seats. Fifteen districts (37.5%) elect two men, while just two districts (5%) elect two women.
There are almost twice as many men as women in the Assembly, 53 to 27. Men occupy about two-thirds of the seats.
In the New Jersey Senate, the split between men and women is even more stark.
The Senate has 30 men and ten women, giving men a 3-1 majority in the upper house.
One of the districts represented by two women in the Assembly could move to the split column next year. In the Republican leaning 13th district, Amy Handlin is retiring and Republicans have picked Gerry Scharfenberger to run with Serena DiMaso. Democrats are running two women, but they have not won the 13th since 1983.
In the 21st district (Union-Somerset-Morris), three women are seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Jon Bramnick and Nancy Munoz. In the 25th district (Morris-Somerset), Democrats are running two women; two men and one woman are seeking the Republican nod to run with Anthony Bucco for Michael Patrick Carroll’s open seat.
Another interesting note: with the exception of only a few, the districts represented by women in the Assembly are from the New York and Philadelphia suburbs and not the rural or center parts of the state. Most of the women in the Senate come from either the New York and Philadelphia suburbs or the Trenton area.
The 2019 elections follow a wave of women being elected to the United States House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections.