The Democratic Party insider’s voice sounded in the silverware clanking confines of a Central Jersey diner.
The insider couldn’t believe what he had just read, namely the victory Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) scored this afternoon over state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), an inner sanctum ally of Gov. Chris Christie’s.
“He’s a lame duck,” the insider said, assessing the governor. “Can you imagine something like that happening two years ago? No way.”
PolitickerNJ.com pointed out that if the governor had wanted it, he would have pushed harder.
“Then why didn’t he?” the insider wondered. “Look, (Sen.) Diane Allen (R-7) didn’t want pension and benefits but she voted for it. Why? He wanted it. Nah. These guys in the GOP caucus know he’s gone and they can do what they want now and they have to protect themselves.”