NEWARK – Dignitaries and Booker allies started to flow into the red, white and blue bunting-decked square outside the Prudential Center set up for a Cory Booker victory celebration.
Booker’s allies scurried around giddy with the prospect of victory in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.
Essex County Joe DiVincenzo arrived with an entourage that included his chief of staff, Phil Alagia, and Sheriff Armando Fontoura.
Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato arrived.
Soon, the guests here anticipated announcements of defeat by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34).
“At least they know where the men’s rooms are in D.C.,” deadpanned Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen.
The Newark allies of Booker’s said he performed well in the North and East wards, historically the mayor’s base in local elections.
Essex County Freeholder Len Luciano was in attendance.
Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36) floated in with friends.
Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-29) arrived. Former Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer arrived.
Former U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) arrived. “Here for Cory,” he told PolitickerNJ.com.