The AC Mess Factor 3: Essex Delegation Uncontrollable

Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones: not in intimidator mode in this crisis.

Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones: not in intimidator mode in this crisis.

It depends on how you define effective.

South Jersey lawmakers like to brag about having the best organization in the state, guaranteeing absolute parade march uniformity on everything, an approach that vote counters prize as precision politics, and which South Jersey critics derideĀ as Norcross automatonism.

Essex Democrats appear to be the exact opposite.

They do what they want, which in this case means they look to be bucking South Jersey, probably over the grimacing of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, a stout ally not only of South Jersey but of Governor Chris Christie.

Those who like the South Jersey model can point to the Essex delegation and note that it lacks discipline and common purpose. The character of Donald Sutherland in The Dirty Dozen comes to mind. But those who like the Essex model can argue that willful human beings may not always act exactly alike – but they’re at least demonstrably human.

There were questions heading toward Thursday about Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34) and where he’d be, and South Jersey fins at one point could be seen in the vicinity of Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29). But Pintor Marin, sources say, is loyal to Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), as are those other members of the delegation.

The county is composed of so many subsets of bosses; bosses within bosses, like one of those old painted wooden Dutch toys. At a certain point one forgets about the enclosed miniatures, assuming they look just like the ones on the outside. But that’s not always the case.

In any event, there would be no pressing of a button in South Jersey to exact an immediate response in Essex for the sake of fulfilling the deeds of that longtime Christie-Norcross-DiVIncenzo triumvirate.

The AC Mess Factor 3: Essex Delegation Uncontrollable