Dems battle for united front against governor

TRENTON – In the caucus lead-up to Monday’s Democratic Party presser, former Senate President Richard Codey (D-West Orange) upbraided Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and the party leadership core for treading too lightly around Gov. Chris Christie.

Sources say Sweeney allies countered by presenting a poll indicating that the public wants the legislature to make nice with the Republican governor.

Codey fumed that Christie could present a similar poll. Anyone can summon numbers proving public disaffection with partisanship.

But the bruised, back-benching Codey – dislodged from his chair of power by Sweeney last year – argued that when Christie referred to school kids as “drug mules,” the party powers that be should have held a press conference and excoriated the tough guy governor.

Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) engaged Codey, told him the Dems have too be unified against Christie. Stop politicking. Stop looking for ways to create fractures.

Codey said that wasn’t what he was doing, then watched, mortified, helpless, as the Dems trudged out to the microphones yesterday to present a united front in a presser cut short – and sent off message – by another Christie fulmination, this one a government toolkit package presentation that confounded Democrats early.   Dems battle for united front against governor