A lot of them were already on the ground, or in the Statehouse, sharpening their policy wits for specific dangerous purposes. Driven out of their ivory towers, other eggheads – the academics – found themselves deployed on the same statewide chessboard, playing the black or white roles of politics-fashioned figures to suit two opposing sides in a high stakes game.
In this medieval contest, Governor Phil Murphy and his allies occupied one side, and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) the other, fighting for the right to be the ultimate intellectual property owner of a dysfunctional junkyard called New Jersey…
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Originally published July 16th, 2019