Three possible candidates for the 2017 Democratic nomination for governor – and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) – are scheduled to attend a party fundraising event tonight for the Mercer County Democrats, proof that Mercer has muscled up since the last Democratic Primary.
Confirmed on the guest list in Ewing this evening are Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).
Not in attendance tonight, another gubernatorial prospect, former U.S. Ambassador to Germary Phil Murphy will attend a Friday dinner party with Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes.
Fulop and Sweeney have been playing political chess with each other for almost year across the great sprawling board of New Jersey.
Others expected to be in attendance this evening – also anchored by Hughes – include Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-15) – two former party chairs ready to depart the legislature: the latter in hopes of landing the CD12 Congressional seat as her party’s nominee to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), and the former as he runs for Union County sheriff.
In a Middlesex v. Mercer matchup, Mercer’s Watson Coleman in June defeated state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) for the support of the party to succeed Holt.
Mercer Democrats will honor Holt this evening at the party.