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November 13, 2021: Teresa Ruiz, Ed Dur, David Wasserman, Matt Rooney, John Henry Isemann and Joey Fox

By David Wildstein, November 13 2021 6:24 pm

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), State Sen.-elect Edward Durr (R-Logan), Cook Political Report House Race Editor David Wasserman, Save Jersey editor Matt Rooney, and 7th district GOP congressional candidate John Henry Isemann, and New Jersey Globe political reporter Joey Fox joined host David Wildstein to on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC on Saturday, October 23.

The Senate Democratic caucus elected Ruiz to serve as the next Senate Majority Leader to replace Loretta Weinberg, who did not seek re-election this year, and will assume the top post when the legislature reorganizes on January 11.  She will become the first Latina majority leader in state history.  Ruiz was first elected to the Senate in 2007 and presently serves as President Pro-Tempore and as chair of the Education Committee.  She is the deputy chief of staff to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.

Durr has won national attention since ousting Senate President Steve Sweeney on November 2.  A truck driver who spent just a few thousand dollars, Durr unseated the longest-serving legislative leader in New Jersey history by over 2,000 votes in one of the greatest political upsets the state had ever seen.  He’ll enter the Senate in January.

Wasserman is the senior editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report, where he the nation’s foremost expert on campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.  Nate Silver of FiveThityEight.com has said: “Wasserman’s knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local.  But for New Jersey, where he began drawing redistricting maps 20 years ago, he is indeed a local: Wasserman grew up in Montgomery, where he frequently chronicles the political transformation of his hometown over the last two decades.

Rooney is the editor of Save Jersey, a popular and respected conservative Republican political news site.  He is also the host of The Matt Rooney Show on 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia.  He started out in politics as the Camden County Young Republican Chairman and as executive director of the New Jersey Young Republican Federation and has practiced law in South Jersey for ten years.

Isemann is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) is seeking re-election to his third term.  A 27-year-old Long Valley resident and the son of a minister and a school nurse, Isemann worked on Wall Street before heading up a humanitarian effort in Guatemala.

Wildstein is the host of the New Jersey Globe.

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