Strange bedfellows and all that

Politics have always been a strange game in New Jersey with politicians crawling across the aisle to cut deals with their brethren from the other party.

But in the 14th Legislative District, it’s becoming hard to tell the parties apart.  This morning, Democratic Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried, the Republican candidate DeAngelo will face in November in his re-election bid, will appear together to swear in the new members of the Robbinsville township council.

DeAngelo, a Hamilton resident and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will swear in Republican Rich Levesque, who was re-elected in May. Levesque is the Republican Chairman in Robbinsville.

Robbinsville is a newcomer to the 14th, added in April when the reapportionment commission redrew the legislative district lines.  DeAngelo is joined on the ticket by Democratic Assemblyman Dan Benson, who moved into the seat when Linda Greenstein defeated Republican Tom Goodwin to move up to the Senate.  Fried is joined on the Republican ticket by former Cranbury Mayor Wayne Wittman.  The Republican ticket is toped by Hamilton resident Richard Kanka, who is vying to take the seat from Greenstein.

Strange bedfellows and all that