The chairman of the Essex County Democratic Organization said Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be able to run with the county party slogan once the exeutive committee signs off on its support for the U.S. Senate candidate.
“More than likely it’s going to be Cory,” said Chairman Phil Thigpen. “He’s going to win.”
He pointed out that the Essex County Democratic Organization still has to formally seal the deal, but he doesn’t nurse any doubts that’s where it’s going.
A source close to Booker said the campaign is closing out deals for open primary slogan support in key Democratic Party counties, including Passaic, Essex and South Jersey.
The deliberative Thigpen has never been fond of the motor-mouthed mayor from Newark.
He has a stronger political connection to another man in the race, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6).
“Frank Pallone is a good friend of mine and it’s hard to do that,” the chairman said of his party organization’s support for Booker, mobilized in no small part behind the will of powerful County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, the lone elected official to back up Booker at the mayor’s campaign kickoff for U.S. Senate on Saturday.
“I believe in loyalty and the old school way of doing things,” lamented Thigpen, who valued the way Pallone built the relationship with him over years, taking the time to go to events the chairman organized.
Thigpen has complained in the past about Booker not communicating with him and failing to participate more actively in party events.
But it won’t matter.
“That’s the way it’s heading,” he said of the organization’s support for the front-running U.S. Senate candidate from Essex County.