One day after Democrats pointed to Republicans and proclaimed bossism’s revival, they announced a couple of votes for one of their own before the lawmaker even arrived at the Statehouse.
Yesterday, it was state Sen. Nick Scutari (D-22), of Linden, who proclaimed, “Bossism in New Jersey politics is alive and well,” referring to the relative bloc of votes that Gov. Chris Christie has kept in line in the minority party. “I would be embarrassed to come down here and be told how to vote,” Scutari said.
Fast forward to today. With Scutari running late for the session, the first override vote came to a tally and state Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-3), of West Deptford, announced that although he wasn’t here yet, Scutari would be voting for the override.
Pressed by Republicans, Sweeney said he wasn’t recording the lawmaker’s vote until Scutari arrived in the room, although Sweeney said he had no idea where Scutari was at the moment.
Rewind again to yesterday. Sweeney said of Christie in his press conference: “It is amazing that the governor is 2,500 miles away, but the control he has reaches such great distances.” For the record, Google Maps puts Linden roughly 40 miles from Trenton and 85 miles from West Deptford.