ATLANTIC CITY – Piled into the Mur Mur in the Borgata, the allies of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop paid homage to that third of a triumvirate of gubernatorial-seeking rivals. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy had events going simultaneously elsewhere.
Here, at the bottom of an escalator in a cheek by jowl-packed discotheque, the close-quarters northern city allies of Fulop –
including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres put on display their base of power around the Jersey City mayor.
There were the more obvious Fulop backers in attendance.
Even state Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-32) showed up. Cunningham’s name appeared at the top of an invitation as a host of Sweeney’s event on the other side of town. But she managed to straddle both events.
“I’m not backing anyone for governor at this time,” Cunningham told PolitickerNJ, as she circulated through a room that included Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Bernik, Newark South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James, Newark At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana, Passaic County Freeholders Hector Lora and T.J. Best, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and many others.
A lot of people down at Atlantic City made sure to put in appearances at the events of all three potential 2017 guv candidates. This was one of three must-get-to parties tonight.