Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg today slammed Democrats who this week endorsed Gov. Chris Christie, saying while they are entitled to their beliefs, they should be excluded from Democratic political sessions.
Weinberg said elected officials owe it to their constituents to be true to party ideals.
“Democrats who endorse Republican Governor Chris Christie are repudiating their party and are being less than true to the people they were elected to represent,” Weinberg said. “In fact, they should be excluded from our party political sessions. There is a difference between bi-partisan cooperation on policies and surrendering the basic beliefs and core principles that are so important to Democratic voters and our belief in what government can and should do.”
Weinberg was responding to endorsements for the governor from Democratic state Sen. Brian Stack, who stood with the governor Monday, and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and a host of Essex County mayors and elected officials who threw the governor their support today.
Several Democrats grumbled today that while party members have attacked Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono for naming a state party chairman they do not endorse, nobody has spoken out against Democrats endorsing the Republican governor.