Democrats attend breakfast jamboree at the Heldrich

They actually freakin’ love one another.

That was the message at this morning’s unity breakfast held by Democrats who spent the last several months in ravenous cannibalizing mode.

“We’re a big tent party,” said one of them, choosing Democrats’ favorite expression to characterize political suicide as a virtue and texting on condition of anonymity lest the remark be parsed.

The party members found their way to their last scene of past glory: the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, where in 2011 they crafted a redistricting map they apparently thought could withstand all manner of future self-inflicted damage.

Unable to get out of one another’s way in the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) sat at the table up front, along with former Gov. James Florio, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1). 

Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason was present, too, as New Jersey Democrats gave State Party Chairman John Currie a standing ovation.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was in the room.

State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) was in the room.

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) was in the room.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker sat at the same table as state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and Assemblyman Vinny Prieto (D-32).

Many standing ovations punctuated the clatter of breakfastware.

Democrats attend breakfast jamboree at the Heldrich