What was Steve Sweeney thinking? We all would agree that Republicans and Democrats working together in a bipartisan manner can be helpful. We might also agree that beset by internal Democratic strife and a popular governor, Sen. Buono’s campaign has not been as effective as it should be. However there is a limit to the degree by which Democratic Senate President Sweeney should kowtow to Gov. Christie. There is a battle now over who will be our next governor, and Democratic hands should be on deck to support Barbara Buono. In this video at Rowan University Sweeney goes much too far in thanking Christie and even seems to assume that the election is over and Christie and he together will change “the face of the State of New Jersey.” With a friend like that who needs an enemy?
Senate President Sweeney: The governor and I, I can tell you disagree on many issues, but there’s many we agree on and higher education in our minds is the key to a strong economy. So I want to thank the governor because we worked together … Together we’re going to change the face of the state of New Jersey in such a positive way … And again, I want to thank the governor for working with us because we would never have the type of jobs that we want without a trained workforce … And again, I want to thank the governor for working with me and the legislature – Democrats, Republicans in a very bipartisan way to put the people first… So governor I want to thank you for your willingness to work with a Democrat legislature to put the people first and actually do something which was to invest in higher education … Thank you governor.
For the transcript and full two-minute video of Sweeney’s cringing performance, go here. It was conveniently made available by the governor’s office.
Public Schedules (Your opportunity to jeer or cheer)
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 3:00pm, Trenton Central High School, 400 Chambers St; 7:00pm, Barbara Buono: with Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley, Second Annual Mayor’s Gala, L’Affaire, 1099 US Highway 22 East, Mountainside.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: Noon, unveiling of a statue of Brendan Byrne (Democratic Governor from 1974 to 1982 and still active), Essex County Veterans Courthouse, Newark. 11:30am, Environmental groups hold a news conference at the Byrne statue calling on Christie to oppose a South Jersey Gas proposed pipeline in the Pinelands, which were preserved during Byrne’s tenure.
Environment New Jersey: 11:30am, releases a report with Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), “Fracking by the Numbers” about environmental and health risks in New Jersey and nationally, Statehouse, Trenton.
Coalition to Preserve Jobs and Our Constitution: 11:00am, with New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business, news conference to oppose the referendum on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage, Seaside Heights boardwalk. Thanks, but no thanks.
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