He chairs the biggest Democratic County in the state on the eve of the 2013 gubernatorial election, but Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Phil Thigpen hasn’t heard from Newark Mayor Cory Booker or state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Both Booker and Sweeney have expressed interest in a gubernatorial bid but to date have not made an announcement.
“The only person I’ve heard from is Barbara Buono,” said Thigpen, who this week received a phone call from the state senator from Middlesex County informing him of her decision to pursue a 2013 run for governor.
So far, Buono is the only announced elected official in the race for governor.
“I think it’s great that she extended the courtesy to me,” Thigpen said of Buono. “That’s a good start.”
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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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