Every year, while the headrush is still fresh, the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers hosts a gathering to pick apart election results and find meaning in it all. They call it The Morning After – NJ Legislative Elections: Results and Implications. You could probably fill an auditorium with still charged-up D’s and R’s, but Eagleton convenes this discussion in a beautiful room that only seats about 70 people. That makes it more discussion than presentation. And that makes it fun.
This morning’s players were AP’s Angela Delli Santi, Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, Record columnist Charlie Stile and former NJ GOP chair (now lobbyist) Tom Wilson. Eagleton’s John Weingart moderated.
The audience was mostly players of various kinds; some of the best questions and observations came from Eagleton students. Everything was on the table. Below the fold, some vignettes, including Chris Christie’s post-election black eye, leadership tension between Barbara Buono and Loretta Weinberg, who wears a suit and tie and why it matters, and why Dick Codey’s having a really good day today: