It's the first question people have after reading our Power 100: “Who was No. 101?”
If only it were that easy.
We talk to a lot of movers and shakers in the state to get their thoughts. So when we're done, there are plenty of names left over.
With that in mind, we thought we'd share some (not all, just some) of the people who were suggested and the rationale behind them.
We'll let you decide if we made all the right calls.
Here's the list in alphabetical order:
Ray Chambers (philanthropist): “Because of his role chairing the governor's committee on the pension program and how to overhaul it. He's still a dominant figure in New Jersey and Newark. And he's curing malaria. Literally. He's chairing the U.N. commission eradicating malaria and they've made such great strides.”
Dan Geltrude (Geltrude & Co. LLC): “He has a relatively small accounting firm in Nutley and, surprisingly, he has some major clients (Hartz Mountain Industries, Federal Business Centers). So he's under the radar as a guy you guys would never have thought of.” We're told he's a terrific fundraiser, too.
John Hoffman (attorney general): “I think his advice and counsel, certainly on legal issues, but even on secondary political issues (like how to handle the crime problem in Camden and Newark and Paterson) — I think Hoffman has a role to play. I think he is a more formidable presence than his modest demeanor would suggest.”
Stephen Holmes (Wyndham Worldwide): “That's a big company and he's positioning it to be prominent.”
Steve Kornacki, Michael Aron, Paul Mulshine, Tom Moran (journalists): “If the governor runs for president, the national media is going to be looking for their New Jersey sources to get the scoop on this guy.” All four were recommended in one way or another for this role. Mulshine for an additional reason: “I just find him so hysterical.”
Susan McCue (politics): The former chief of staff for Harry Reid is a new member of Rutgers Board of Governors. And though she lives out of state, she'll have impact. “She'll be running the Assembly PACs. She's going to be the person behind the scenes in New Jersey running the Assembly campaigns for Democrats.”
Gus Milano (Hartz Mountain Industries): “Gus is a top guy in his own right. (His boss) Manny (Stern) couldn't do all the things that Gus is doing.”
George Pruitt (Thomas Edison State College): “You look at the stuff he's done over the years (a nursing program that wants to be the biggest in state). He's good at identifying some areas to expand and grow.”
Joseph M. Taylor (Panasonic Corp.): “Panasonic has made their presence felt in Newark and has cast their die in terms of wanting to be a good public citizen.”
Sharon Taylor (Prudential Financial): “Everybody knows that the person to go to at Prudential is Sharon Taylor. Sharon's title is (senior vice president for corporate human resources), but if you've got an issue in Newark or you've got an issue with Pru's charitable proclivities, or you've got an issue that has some political ramifications, the person you talk to is Sharon Taylor.”
David Tilton (AtlantiCare): “They just signed up to do a deal with Geisinger out of Pennsylvania. He would be a top 100 person because AtlantiCare is doing something with an out-of-state population health expert.”
Ralph Zucker (developer): “When you think about this whole re-adaptation, repurposing (of) dinosaurs, Ralph's project, Wesmont Station, is really the first one out of the ground. … He's literally done a reverse adaptive reuse of an industrial, heavily contaminated site. And he's done it quietly. That's Ralph's style.”