Dem leadership bonds with lobbyists at the Marriott

Trenton insiders couldn’t help but notice the parade of lobbyists at the Marriott yesterday jockeying to get face time with Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6). 

The new look leadership team gave each West State Street lobbying team 20 minutes, said a source close to the action.

The lobbyists were Democratic Party friends – in the strictest political sense, another source told

“The communication was that essentially it’s going to be a battle over the next couple of years, and we’re going to need our friends,” said a source with intimate knowledge of the meetings, which lasted a good chunk of the day.

Greenwald’s presence in part sparked the conversations.

He replaced former Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-20) this year, so lobbyists looked to talk to him one-on-one specifically in a leadership context, a source told

“The new team is now in place; this is a majority on an upswing, a new cycle,” a source explained.

Sitting side by side, Oliver and Greenwald projected the message of a unified front, a contrast to the Cryan days.

“The sense was ‘we’re working together,’” said a lobbyist with knowledge of the meetings.

Another source added, “It was just general conversation, catching up on things.”

Dem leadership bonds with lobbyists at the Marriott