By Darryl R. Isherwood | December 4th, 2012 - 12:37am
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Senate President Steve Sweeney, rumored to be eyeing a potential run for governor, was invited to attend this week's Democratic Governor's Association conference in Los Angeles, but turned down the request, according to a source close to Sweeney.

Sweeney begged off the event citing the need to stay in New Jersey to deal with issues here including the push for a minimum wage increase and Senate Budget Committee hearings on Sandy, the source said.

"He was honored but decided the issues here were more important," the source said.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, who also is a potential challenger to Gov. Chris Christie, is in L.A. now for the convention.  Buono is so far the most vocal of the potential contenders and has already been in the field with a poll and six days ago posted a job advertisement for a campaign manager on democraticgain.org.

It's unknown if other potential challengers, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, were invited to the event.

The support of the DGA could be crucial in the race as Christie is expected to command millions in outside funding. 

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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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