Welcome (almost) once again to PolitickerNJ’s Year-in-Review, where we just realized we had a few more photos that we can throw in to add to the festivities as we prepare to post the full review on the site in a few minutes.
Before we head down this path we wish to once again remind people that this is meant to be in good fun and certainly not aimed at hurting anyone – just hurting people’s feelings.
The year started with the usual political drum roll at the annual Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington event…
“It’s difficult for me to express this, but… I… love you, Tom.”
There were also early indications in D.C. of the usual can’t-miss Democratic candidates out of the vicinity of Somerset County.
“Sure, he’s going to win, Mark. He’s going to do great. Tell Peg I’ll be there, 24-7.”
There was a lot of politicking on that Chamber train to Washington.
“I’m working with the IBA to get him to switch parties and become a Republican. Then we’re going to get him to move to Middlesex…”
Of course, it wasn’t all sweetness and light, as some New Jersey politicians irritated their colleagues when they took to the national campaign trail at the expense of their statewide obligations.
It’s katy bar the door as state Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, mounts the debate stage in Texas as part of his much disparaged 2016 presidential bid.
As always at PolitickerNJ, elections ultimately defined the state’s grand political design. Elections, and Shakespearean rhetoric…
“You’re an ass@@#$$!”
“No, you’re an ass##@$%!!”
It wasn’t all about human interactions. Some of it was about the placement of props to create political impressions…
This wax figure lent dynamism to the Republicans’ winter Atlantic City event.
But mostly it was about human interactions, and sometimes, if politicians demonstrated real ability, the nice benefit of celebrity…
“Hey, weren’t you that guy who gets beat up and whacked by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas?”
“This was not a scheduled encounter, Bob, I swear; I just ran into him on the floor of the Borgata. In fact, I don’t even know who he is.”
If Gov. Chris Christie annoyed people by running for president in 2016, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) infuriated people by running for president in 2024.
“I’m here to announce…”
Others tried to get in on the national action, with mixed results.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) announced his 2016 presidential run at this Nellie Pou breakfast, then later that afternoon announced his decision to “indefinitely suspend” his campaign.
Then there were the 2017 gubernatorial candidates…
“If you want to run for governor, Jon, or other higher office – Congress, for example – you’re going to have to learn to make yourself exciting.”
“I’m not running for reelection!!!”
“Hey, Miguel, this is rich. Zur thinks she’s going to get more votes than Tanelli.”
“I, state your name, endorse Kim Guadagno for governor in 2017.”
“Go ahead, Chris, tell them who you back for governor in 2017.”
“Steven, I… am… your father.”
“I’m here today to announce my selection of Senate President Steve Sweeney as my running mate and 2017 candidate for LG.”
“I’m here to announce my 2017 candidacy for governor in the event that Sweeney – and Booker – and maybe Murphy – don’t run.”
At the annual League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City, Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson was asked for his opinion about the 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
But if the overpopulated state of New Jersey felt claustrophobic at times and, yes, dysfunctional, like SEIU 32BJ organizers and allies struck on an elevator at Newark Liberty Airport…
… and the carpeted hallways in AC led, not to Beyonce, but to Hillside Democratic Committee Chairman Anthony Salters…
It was okay…
“You simply need to get to more party organization events. Even if it means driving – in one day – from Atlantic City, to Clifton, to Monmouth County, then back to Jersey City, you must take a page from the McGreevey playbook.”
Because all of this could still be ours – only more so…
…at the national level…