“The good news is you’re fired.”
The presence of Alec Baldwin tonight in South Jersey against the backdrop of an intra-party leadership brawl created
the perfect atmosphere for a reenactment of Glengarry Glen Ross, but Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) didn’t show to fulfill the Jack Lemmon role.
Democrats partied in Collingswood tonight at a $2,500 per head grand ballroom fundraiser for the George Norcross III-affiliated General Majority PAC. Speaking from the stage, Freeholder Jeff Nash – a college chum of event headliner Baldwin – told the crowd of revelers that the party raised $5.1 million.
Among those in attendance at the event sparkled by Irish-American Baldwin – supporting an unstated triumvirate consisting of Murphy-Sweeney-Coughlin – was Democratic front-runner for Governor Phil Murphy, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) of Paterson, a possible candidate for LG. on a ticket headed by Murphy.
Former Governor Jim Florio was in the room.
So was former Speaker Joe Roberts.
“Our next governor will never be seen in the owner’s box of the hated Dallas Cowboys,” said Nash, a poke at Republican Governor Chris Christie, as he introduced former Goldman Sachs executive/former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Murphy.
An appreciative Ron Jaworski, former Eagles quarterback, stood in the crowd.
Almost every Democratic legislator was seen at the party, but there was no early sign of Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), as assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19) – with South Jersey’s help – attempts to wrest the speakership from the Hudson County lawmaker’s grasp.
Onstage with Murphy, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), and Baldwin, Nash – chest -thumping regionally a week aftyer state Senator Brian Stack (D-33) demonstrated North Jersey power – reminded people that the South Jersey Democrats won 25 straight election cycles in Camden, and took time in front of assembled Democratic crowd to pay tribute to the late U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-3),
who died after his failed 2010 reelection bid.
“Tonight’s event puts New Jersey Democrats in a great position to win important races across the state this year,” exclaimed Tricia Mueller, the Secretary/Treasurer of General Majority PAC. “Everyone who cares about making real change for New Jersey owes a debt of gratitude to Alec and the leaders who helped make tonight such a great success.”
If Prieto showed up tonight, 10 to one he’d have gotten an earful from Baldwin, something along the lines of “Put that coffee down.”
Or maybe the actor could have substituted Coughlin, and added, grimly, “Coffee is for closers only.”