TRENTON – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) emerges from a Commerce and Economic Development hearing against the backdrop of news that Gov. Chris Christie wants to set up a commission to examine privatizing 2,000 government jobs.
“Privatization is a way of dumbing down jobs and decent wages and benefits,” says the veteran lawmaker, who’s opposed to the proposal.
The former Assembly Majority Leader – a short-list candidate at one point for both Assembly Speaker and Lieutenant Governor last year – says she is pleased with the current leadership in the Democratic caucus: Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) and Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-Union).
To the question of whether the Oliver-Cryan leadership concept could easily factionalize, the legislator says she does not think so, and praises the openness of the caucus.
“We are a caucus that discusses things,” Watson Coleman says. “We are very much like we were when Joe Roberts (who retired last year) was speaker.”
Watson Coleman says she won’t choose a mayoral candidate in Trenton.
“There’s a mayor’s race in my hometown of Ewing that I’m working on,” she says. “No, I don’t expect to be issuing an endorsement in the Trenton mayor’s race. I have too many friends in that race.”
There are no fewer than ten declared candidates in the May 11th nonpartisan contest to succeed Mayor Douglas Palmer, who’s retiring at the end of his current term.