Trailblazer: Senator Hutchins Inge

Hutchins Inge (1900-2002) was the first African American to serve in the New Jersey State Senate.  A Newark physician, Inge was elected to the Senate in 1965, unseated Republican Senate Minority Leader C. Robert Sarcone by 7,144 votes. The opportunity for Inge, a first-time candidate, to run for the Senate came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s one-man, one-vote decision increased the size of the Essex County Senate delegation from one

Three New Jersey insiders you’ve probably never heard of

Joseph Tumulty was probably the most powerful political insider in New Jersey history, serving as Woodrow Wilson’s chief of staff through his two years as governor and eight years as president. The scion of a politically active Jersey City family – his father was an assemblyman in the 1880’s – Tumulty was 28 when he was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, the top vote-getter among twelve Democrats elected

New Jerseys 20 Living ex-Congressmen

Rush Holt is 70 today, the 11th oldest of the nineteen living former Congressmen from New Jersey. The oldest is Cornelius Gallagher, who celebrated his 97th birthday last March.  The Bayonne Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1958, making him the only living New Jerseyan to have served in the House while Dwight Eisenhower was still president.  Gallagher lost his bid for an eighth term in the 1972 primary.