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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"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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