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NJ Congressional Delegation Makes Top 10 in Roll Call ‘Clout Index’

Washington, DC, April 23, 2015 ― It has been a good while since folks back home in New Jersey focused on the “clout” of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, and names like Torch, Rodino, Howard, Gallo and Roe would have been featured on that list.

Today, Roll Call confirmed something we have known for a good while: The New Jersey Congressional Delegation has gained significantly in seniority and on powerhouse committees.

Since 1990, Roll Call has been tracking the potential influence each state has on national affairs.  Each state’s delegation is scored using a weighted formula including total size, seniority, percentage from the party in power, chairmen and ranking members, and assignments to exclusive committees.

In the 2015 Clout Index, the New Jersey Congressional Delegation has gained significantly in seniority and on powerhouse committees, making the state number nine on the list.

The top ten “Clout” states in the 114th Congress are:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. New York
  4. Florida
  5. Ohio
  6. Illinois
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Michigan
  9. New Jersey
  10. Maryland

The state’s congressional delegation is comprised of the following Members of Congress:

  • Senator Robert Menendez (D)
  • Senator Cory A. Booker (D)
  • Representative Donald Norcross (D-1)
  • Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R-2)
  • Representative Tom MacArthur (R-3)
  • Representative Chris Smith (R-4)
  • Representative Scott Garrett (R-5)
  • Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6)
  • Representative Leonard Lance (R-7)
  • Representative Albio Sires (D-8)
  • Representative Bill Pascrell (D-9)
  • Representative Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10)
  • Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11)
  • Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12)

To access the Roll Call Clout List 2015, click here.