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New Jersey Trending More Liberal – New 50 State Analysis
State Ranked 7th Most Progressive Legislature in America
ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 3, 2022) — The voting of New Jersey’s state lawmakers is trending much more liberal according to a new analysis conducted by the Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA), a project of CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation.
In the CLA’s analysis of all 7,400 state lawmakers in America, the New Jersey legislature earned a conservative rating of 27%, a significant drop from the state’s 2020 score of 33%. This rating places New Jersey as the 7th most progressive legislature in the nation, and merely a single percentage point away from Maryland, Vermont and New York which are ranked 4th through 6th most progressive due to their conservative ratings of 26%. Massachusetts is the most progressive legislature with a conservative rating of just 15%, and Alabama the most conservative at 74%.
The conservative rating is calculated through an analysis of the votes cast by lawmakers across 186 policy areas ranging from cultural and life issues to tax, fiscal, and regulatory policies. Each year the CLA tallies over 320,000 votes to generate the scores. Only 6 New Jersey lawmakers received awards this year from CPAC for voting with the conservative position at least 80% of the time. Conversely, a record 71 lawmakers earned CPAC’s Coalition of the Radical Left Award for conservative ratings below 10%.
The ratings have also been incorporated into CPAC’s new Lawmaker Comparison Tool which runs head-to-head comparisons on lawmaker’s strongest and weakest policy areas.
The CLA is the first and only organization to annually publish individual ratings for all 8,000 federal and state lawmakers in America. The CLA is also home to the nation’s most comprehensive conservative policy database containing over 19,000 detailed bill analyses which span 50 years of Congress and all 50 state legislatures.
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Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat has covered the latest New Jersey state ratings.