Roll Call reports today on the most dysfunctional state parties in the country. Among the parties deemed by operatives to be the most broken? You guessed. New Jersey Dems.
The ranking is based on interviews with operatives and on local media accounts, according to the piece. State Democrats landed on the list because of Gov. Chris Christie's presence in the state's highest elected office.
"New Jersey’s governor is one of the most powerful executives in the country. The Garden State is otherwise a Democratic stronghold, but not having the top office hurts the party immensely," the story said.
Democrats interviewed for the piece also lamented the party's gubernatorial standard bearer as "second tier." But it's the loss of Christie's predecessor, Gov. Jon Corzine - and his millions in donations to the party - that has really hurt.
"After Corzine left office, local organizations found themselves financially 'flatfooted,' described one state source," the story says.
But Democrats spoken to by PolitickerNJ disputed the assertion that the party is dysfunctional, saying Democrats as a whole are strong.
"We hold both houses of the Legislature, we hold the majority of county seats and the mayors of all the major cities are Democrats," said one high level Democrat. "How is that dysfunctional?"
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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