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State Sen. Troy Singleton. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Singleton elevated to Senate Majority Whip

By Joey Fox, January 03 2022 4:21 pm

Incoming Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) announced today that State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Delran), a Burlington County Democrat who will soon begin his second term in the Senate, will serve as Senate Majority Whip in the coming legislative session.

“I am proud to announce the selection of Senator Singleton to be a member of the team of leaders for the Senate Democratic Majority,” Scutari said in a statement. “Troy will make significant contributions to a team of leaders that will be the most diverse in the history of the State Senate.”

Singleton, a former three-term assemblyman, was first elected to the Senate in 2017, flipping the 7th district’s Senate seat after longtime moderate Republican State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park) announced her retirement. He easily won both that contest and his re-election campaign last year.

Scutari’s ascension in the wake of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford)’s shocking loss last year has allowed him to craft a largely new legislative leadership team, including State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) as Senate Majority Leader and State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Haledon) as the newly created position of Senate Majority Caucus Chair.

Returning to leadership will be State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City), who will rise from Deputy Majority Leader to Senate President Pro Tempore, and State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), who will remain Deputy Majority Leader. All told, of the six announced members of Senate leadership so far, four are senators of color.

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