Rice: ‘I’d Like to Think Murphy Can Tell People to Go to Hell’
State senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) of Newark isn’t willing to denounce the all white male triumvirate of Murphy-Sweeney-Coughlin, noting that former Governor Thomas Kean, Sr. was better on black issues than others. If Phil Murphy becomes the next governor of New Jersey and has a leadership team that hinges on South Jersey power, though, he will have to be prepared to fight, and that will test Murphy and demonstrate whether he has the good to be governor, Rice said.
“I’d like to think Murphy can tell people to go to hell,” Rice told InsiderNJ. “I have stood up over the years and spoken out, even when my party told me I should express such views, and I was willing to express myself in the knowledge that if I lost an election because I spoke the truth, I would go on my merry way.”
Murphy has to be prepared to buck the entrenched power structure in Trenton, the senator argued.
Having said that, he refused to concede that the deal with Middlesex County to return Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to the throne of upper chamber power is absolutely set in stone.
“It’s not all over,” he said of the leadership fight. “The elections aren’t over yet. People say one thing today, and tomorrow another. Everybody knows if George Norcross controls both houses the governor is in a weak place. But Murphy – if he is elected governor – doesn’t have to accept that. Through my senate career I’ve made the point thjat I am not going to sit there and be dictated to. Whoever the next governor is, he or she will have his or her hands full.”
But the test to not content oneself to have his hands tied is ultimately the true test of leadership, Rice added.
“It was an error of first principle that [Essex County Executive] Joe D. got in bed with George Norcross, because it has weakened Essex in Trenton,” the veteran senator noted. “Working with Steve [Sweeney] is not a problem for me, but Joe working with George stood up our delegation.”
Faced with the possibility of a Sweeney-Coughlin tandem, Murphy will have to diversify his cabinet if he becomes governor, Rice said. As for a running mate, “He should pick a black woman,” he added.
While not condemning it, Rice said the Murphy-Sweeney-Coughlin trio resembles the Democratic ticket in LD2, which purports to represent a minority district and does not have a minority on the slate.
Norcross will control Another Governor. Dumb asses in NJ
Nj is stuck on stupid
George and Sweeney should be under a Federal Investigation
These two should be in a federal Prison right now. Unfortunately he controls the governors so he never goes down
Shavonda and Cunningham are useless and already with Sweeneyvthey got their nose so far up Norcross’s and sweeneys Ass
Norcross has already paraded Alec Baldwin in front of Shavondas face. Useless puppets
Nj elected officials have NO balls to take Norcross and Sweeney out.
Useless politicians talk talk talk
We want Norcross and Sweeney arrested
Norcross and Sweeney will control the North and Murphy
Disgraceful. I saw this coming years ago but nobody cared
Norcross and Sweeney are racist
New Jersey wants a governor to get rid of Norcross and Sweeney
Johnson and Fulop were the only two Willing to to make Norcross and Sweeney accountable
Bet you $100 Murphy will do what Norcross and Sweeney want
NJ sucks. People hate this state and these weak ass paid off fake leaders and they HATE George Norcross and Stephen Sweeney
Two uneducated assholes
A BLACK WOMAN WOULD BE A GREAT PICK FOR MURPHY’S RUNNING MATE.
SENATOR RICE IS 100% ON POINT WITH HIS COMMENTS AND i APPRECIATE HIS DIRECTNESS
AND HONESTY. HE INSPIRES WE !