CAMDEN – InsiderNJ spent some time in South Jersey this weekend, on an excursion that included a detour to touch base with a source who’s wired into the political world down here.
He offered the following scattered impressions:
Former Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-2) “may have a real primary in his Republican bid for the state senate seat.” Polistina faces an off-the-line challenge by attorney Seth Grossman.
“Grossman is working the Trumpsters and getting a good reception,” said the source.
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) – the Democrats’ candidate for state senate – has built a very loyal following,” the source insisted.
What else is going on?
Governor Phil “Murphy seems to have made peace throughout the south; even if it is a peace of convenience.”
Politics watchers continue to hover around the political future of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). The source said he suspects Sweeney’s hangs around to take one more shot at governor in four years.
Speaking of Governor, state Senator Mike Testa (R-1) “is really going to the right in his attacks on Murphy,” the source observed.
What does it mean?
“Not sure, but I suspect he will be doing the fundraising circuit for colleagues,” the source said, in reference to the Vineland-based senator. “He could quickly catapult to leadership. I think he could be a Governor or at least GOP [Assembly Majority Leader Lou] Greenwald – dueling suits and hair styles plus policy chops.”
Finally, the source’s gaze lingered northward as he/she remarked, in reference to the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) jettisoning an off-the-line insistent Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), “Looks like Hudson doing its seven-year bloodletting.”