Trenton, the New Athens

Say what you will about New Jersey, but Trenton is a model of democracy next to Albany.

This website actually has a running count of Democratic legislators in the New Jersey Assembly who are defecting from their leadership in the ongoing budget standoff with Governor Jon Corzine. The score so far: Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts 26, Jon Corzine 22.

When’s the last time we heard about an rollicking, intra-party argument among the majority Democrats in New York?

Oh, that’s right.

– Josh Benson