ASBURY PARK – Inside Convention Hall a group of Chris Christie loyalists could be seen milling around with smiles for the press assembled on a deck facing a stage backed by a huge American Flag.
Indiscriminate electric guitar music blasted the speakers. State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) was visible. So was Beck’s running mate Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11), as was Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-16). There were insiders like former Assemblyman Dick Kamin present.
Also in the room, Atlantic County GOP Chairman Keith Davis, who’s been counsel for the NJGOP for about a month now. State Senator (and Middlesex County GOP Chair) Sam Thompson (R-12) was here, and so was Assemblyman Greg McKuckin (R-10).
Christie confidant Bill Palatucci was present. So were Passaic County GOP Chairman John Traier, state Senator Steve Oroho (R-24), and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39).
Jeff Bell, last year’s Republican nominee for the state senate who lost badly to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, was in the room. Monmouth County GOP Chairman (also Monmouth Sheriff) Shaun Golden attended, and so did Assemblyman Dave Rible (R-30).
Many more were in attendance. The big room filled fast.