Jim Florio at Rutgers Tuesday night

Just a quick thing I want to flag for you. Gov. Florio is speaking tomorrow night on the Rutgers campus. Details in the graphic.

At Democratic National Conventions, the delegation’s housed together in one hotel; it’s a convo hothouse. In 2012 when Barack Obama’s re-election convention was in Charlotte, the New Jerseyans clumped together at a Renaissance hotel. Sometimes, when you spend a week blessedly cloistered together, you fall into close but temporary relationships. That’s how I got to know the late Michael Greenstein, professor, fellow Brooklynite, and the husband of Asw Linda Greenstein. He was memorable; a political spouse who lit up every time his wife walked in, proud of her in the way other women notice, sensing that real, deep male feminism is in the room. That week, in that huge-lobby hotel, I also got time with Jim and Lucinda Florio. The Florios were close to two mentors of ours, Bill and Joan Martin, leading Hunterdon Dems when that was really challenging. And I’d met the Governor, another Brooklyn guy, on many occasions – but never saw him in action. In the Renaissance lobby, giant TVs were set up for us non-delegates to watch convention coverage. A little band of us shared tables with the Florios; a chatty group, except for the Governor. He conversed amiably during commercials, but focused like a laser during the speeches, questioning platform, running commentary on the effectiveness of whoever was speaking (and correctly), telling political stories. I would think this talk tomorrow night will be interesting, because he’s interesting. It’s not my purpose here to review Florio’s life, or career (Bill Orr sees Florio as a model for Murphy, Alan Steinberg reviews Florio’s  autobiography here). Just want to say the guy’s a policy wonk who thinks deeply about his state and country. And you can go hear him yourself, talking about his life with Steve Kornacki, tomorrow night. RSVP here.

Between the speaker series, which last month brought in Hillary Clinton, and the vital information about how women are progressing into representational politics 98 years after getting the right to vote, the Eagleton Institute of Politics is a great resource, even for non-students.

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