With President Barack Obama set to appear here this afternoon, Camden County’s political family has descended on the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, where the nation’s top Democrat will address the crowd about the success of this city’s police force.
A partial list of the names mulling about the room include Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Mayor Dana Redd, Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-32), Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), Assemblyman Whip Wilson (D-5), Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4), state Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez (D-5), Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1), Cooper Union Hospital Executive and former Gov. Chris Christie Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, and George Norcross, among others.
Notably absent is Gov. Chris Christie, who has leaned on Camden heavily to highlight the state’s progress on urban renewal and police reform in recent months. Christie, a prospective presidential candidate, is back in New Hampshire today.