The tides have changed for freshman Assemblywoman Grace Spencer. A few months ago, she was in danger of losing Democratic organization support in her bid for re-election in 2009 — possibly as a way for former Assemblyman William Payne to return to the Legislature. But now, Spencer looks to be in good shape — thanks to her political patron, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Booker has made it clear to Democratic officials that he'll do everything possible to save Spencer. The primary with Payne may still happen, but key Democrats look increasingly less likely that they'll take on Booker.