Phil Thigpen, Democratic Party county chairman of the largest Democratic county in the state, mourned U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-NJ) decision not to pursue re-election.
"Senator Lautenberg brought home the bacon," Thigpen of Essex County said. "Whoever follows him won't be able to do what he did. A new guy won't be able to deliver like he did."
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker are both in the hunt for the seat.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) hasn't ruled it out, and neither has Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34).
"At least Frank Pallone has some experience down there," Thigpen said, a dig at Booker. "It's too bad Lautenberg is going to go. Neither Pallone nor Booker will be able to deliver like Lautenberg, eventually they will."
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"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).- NJTV
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