Despite an uptick in efforts to get him out of the race for political races bigger than Trenton City Limits, mayoral hopeful Walker M. Worthy, Jr. hopes the presence of some of Mercer County’s most influential Democrats will motivate city voters.
“Momentum is clearly building for my campaign,” said Worthy, the Deputy Mercer County Clerk running for mayor in the May 13th election. “This groundswell of support will enable me to reach more Trenton residents and let them know how I intend to improve their quality-of-life and reinvigorate our city.”
More than 200 supporters showed up last Thursday for Worthy’s fundraiser at the Lafayette Yard Hotel. County Executive Brian M Hughes and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) co-hosted the evening event.
The frontrunner in the mayor’s race, Plainfield Public Works Director Eric Jackson, is said to be irritated with Watson Coleman for backing Worthy.
That rift has Middlesex Democrats gleeful with the expectation of Jackson and Watson Coleman at odds come June when the assemblywoman tries to secure the Democratic nomination for her CD12 candidacy.
Her chief rival, state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), is running out of Middlesex.
Worthy’s fundraiser’s guest list read like Who’s Who of Mercer County movers-and-shakers including Freeholder Chairman Andrew Koontz, Freeholders Ann Cannon, Anthony Carabelli, John Cimino, Pat Colavito; county Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello, Sheriff Jack Kemler, county Democratic Chair Liz Muoio and former party chair Richard; Ewing Mayor Bert Steinman and Councilman David Schroth.
In spite of all the county level hoopla, sources say Jackson is irked that Watson Coleman would continue to back a candidate said to be a long shot, according to local street polling.