ATLANTIC CITY – NJN Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron has a panel on a stage here in one of the break-out-rooms of the Atlantic City Convention Center.
It's a familar group of legislative leaders, but in place of Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) sits Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford).
The Sweeney for Codey swap for this public television show taping anticipates Monday's senate Democratic caucus vore when Sweeney figures to defeat Codey.
So it's Sweeney and outgoing Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) versus Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) on an Aron-anchoredOn the Record episodeto air this coming Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
It's just starting.
Facing a room of mayors and other government types at this, the 94th annualLeague of Muncipalities conference, Kean and DeCroce revel in the coming Christie era, while Roberts and Sweeney assume the grim chore of Corzine apologetics.
"I think he's going to keep his word and none of those things are going to go," DeCroce says in response to an Aron question about whether Christie will actually simultaneously cut taxes and restore rebates.
Keeping the focus on the beaten Democratic incumbent and not the party, "In many ways this was a referendum on the incumbent," says Roberts. "He was not a good communicator. He never sold his work product efectively."