The New Jersey legislature will soon have the 11th highest proportion of women lawmakers in the nation, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.
With the selection of Nancy Munoz to represent the 21st district in the Assembly, the Legislature will include 10 female state senators and 27 assemblywomen, or 31 percent, compared to 24 percent nationwide, according to CAWP.
As recently at 2004, New Jersey ranked 43rd for women in the legislature.
CAWP director Nancy Walsh called the leap a "stunning improvement."
"Many of our state's leaders now understand that women make a difference, and they're joining our efforts to ensure that women are at the table when important decisions are made," Walsh said.
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