Will this finally be McKeon’s chance to shine?

If the Assembly draws up articles of impeachment against Gov. Chris Christie, look for the emergence of another longtime player at the epicenter of the drama.

Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), West Orange, just took over the chairmanship of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Until this year, McKeon had been consigned to the wilderness of Trenton following his participation in a coup against Democratic Party leadership.

Deposed from his beloved chairmanship of the Assembly Environmental Committee, McKeon clawed his way back to power with the ascent to the speakership of Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32).

Prieto did not want to get rid of Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29), Newark, who has occupied the throne of the environmental committee since McKeon’s meltdown.

So he gave the assemblyman the judiciary chairmanship, where now McKeon, a longtime district-mate of ageless state Sen. Dick Codey (D-27), could have a chance to make a name for himself…  

Will this finally be McKeon’s chance to shine?