As their arch-enemy keeps his name circulating as gubernatorial timber, two familiar Democratic Party faces from Essex County showed up in Middlesex this afternoon for a private meeting with state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen.
It was powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and his chief of staff, Phil Alagia.
A source close to the interview – the second among the trio following an encounter last month first reported by PolitickerNJ.com – described it as a “getting to know you” more than anything.
The source said DiVincenzo and Alagia don’t believe either their political enemy state Sen. Richard Codey (D-27) or their political ally Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) will run for governor.
But while Codey tries to figure out what he’s doing, DiVincenzo and Alagia don’t mind putting off some psychological warfare optics by having a friendly coffee with Buono in a show of relationship building with the gubernatorial candidate from Middlesex.
The two Essex Demcorats don’t want Codey because Codey could spark a party civil war and play havoc with DiVincenzo’s 2014 re-election chances. They won’t want Sweeney because that would force Sweeney to give up his Senate presidency and upset a balance of power that now enables them to maintain leadership in the Assembly.
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"What was amusing is that once Stack did it, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, also a Democrat, endorsed Christie the next day. It's almost like the two Democrats held hands and jumped into the deep end of the pool." - columnist Agustin Torres.- The Jersey Journal
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