THE adoption of the Federal Constitution did not result at once in drastic political or governmental changes in New Jersey, but there were obvious repercussions within the state. No longer was the majority to reign unchecked. An effective curb had been placed on the enactment of further laws violative of property rights. The conservative elements, heretofore divided and even dis- heartened by the trend of public affairs, were stimulated to mobilize their strength by the prospect of participating in the inauguration of what they confidently hoped would be a new era. It was they who stood to gain most from an alteration of the status quo. They soon demonstrated that their influence had revived, when they succeeded in gaining dominance in the legislature, crippling the loan office and capturing all four seats in the first Congressional election. A mild counterrevolution developed as the forces of the right assumed the helm.
After 1787, the political balance, which for several years had been tipped in favor of East Jersey, swung to West