The calls are jumping the phones in Essex as this is being written.

Allies of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) this week are collaring members of the Democratic delegation and telling them to get to the Robert Treat on Tuesday to be part of a circus-sized “support Oliver” tableaux.

Elected officials will stand with many black ministers led by the Rev. Pastor Reginald Jackson.

Groaning and rolling his eyes at the optics of the event, one insider pointed out the political awkwardness of schools choice crusader Jackson gripping a power lectern at the forefront of the event when some of those party forces will require public teachers’ union backing a week later on Decision Day. Oliver!