Charles Wowkanech

Even a feud with South Jersey Democrats, the Assembly Speaker, a few losses in key ’07 State Senate races, and an inability to deliver a Democratic primary endorsement to an incumbent U.S. Senator doesn’t pull the AFL-CIO chief out of the top 25. On the plus side: the Legislature passed the family leave law – a huge accomplishment for the labor leader.

"Sit down and shut up!"
—Gov. Chris Christie, to a Hurricane Sandy heckler