WEST ORANGE – Essex County Democratic Party Chairman Phil Thigpen, Gov. Jon Corzine and fellow party members huddled up in Pal’s Cabin this morning in a show of party unity as Team Essex heads into Denver in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il).
This is the second time in as many weeks that Corzine has gone to Pal’s to help focus party members on getting Obama elected president. Last week the governor met with members of the Group, the chief fundraising arm for Sen. Hillary Clinton, which is now committed to Obama.
"This one was much more about elected officials and the county party apparatus," said Mark Alexander, senior advisor for the Obama campaign. "There were town chairmen and women, all showing the unity of Obama and Clinton. This was about creating a unified force in the party."
Thigpen called the meeting, and presented campaign director Tricia Mueller and coordinated campaign director Mike Muller to a roomful of electeds that included Newark Mayor Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), and Newark Council President Mildred Crump.