ATLANTIC CITY – It was chest-thumping heaven for Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a potential successor to Gov. Chris Christie. whose party tonight backed up pedestrian traffic down the escalator and 100 deep at One Atlantic.
“He needed a ballroom,” one insider griped after catching a close-quarters elbow in the crowd.
Those in attendance included state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28), Sen. Nick Scutari (D-22), Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38), Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5), Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38), Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14), Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14), Assemblyman-elect Raj Mukherji (D-33), Menendez State Director Paul Brubaker, Booker State Director Mo Butler, Essex County Freeholder Carol Clark, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Marboro Mayor Jon Hornik, Paterson Councilman Andre Sayegh, Morris County Democratic Chairman Lew Candura, South Jersey attorney Nick Menas, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Bridgewater Councilman Matt Moench, Democratic strategist Steve Ayscue, Bergen operative Adam Silverstein, Hudson operative Joey Muniz, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, representatives from the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), labor leaders, operatives, lobbyists and other assorted political animals.
Even Sweeney’s North Jersey rival, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, paid tribute to the Senate president at an event hosted by Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason.
Sweeney showed dominance in the room.
“You don’t see any – or very few – Republicans,” said the Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel. “It’s as though Christie took all their oxygen with him.”