From the Bridgegate trial, to the Garden State’s role in the presidential election, to the ongoing scourge of addiction, 2016 was a turbulent year for New Jersey. We saw familiar faces and issues taking center stage and dominating the headlines.
But as a new year begins, it’s time to look ahead at those who could help shape our future. Some are already familiar, some are growing into their place in the spotlight, and some work behind the scenes but have tremendous impact.
So here they are, from world-class talents to teenage prodigies, from the politically powerful to those to stand with the powerless, from those who save lives to those who lift our spirits. These are our 17 people to watch in 2017.