Assembly Majority Leader Lou “Empty Suit” Greenwald (D-6) addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey legislative on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, at a well-catered reception held at the popular Mansion venue in suburban Voorhees Township (Camden County).
Sources at the event report he expounded on the cookie cutter things you’d expect a politician to discuss with a business group, including but not limited to the importance of developing South Jersey’s medical and educational infrastructure to benefit the regional economy.
But he also expressed concern over the ongoing Bridgegate kerfuffle… and expressed his hope (real or feigned) that the investigation remain non-partisan moving forward…
And, going one step further, Greenwald finished by declaring “I take [Gov. Christie] at his word that he didn’t know anything about it.”
Isn’t this the same guy who challenged Chris Christie to a billion tax debates?
In reality, the Empty Suit’s comments are 100% totally in lock-step with the party line. South Jersey Democrats ranging from the one and only George Norcross III to outgoing Rep. Rob Andrews have remained sympathetic and even outright supportive (in Norcross’s case) towards the Governor.
They’re playing a difficult game.
As Democrats in a blue state, they can’t go too far in flouting their not-so-secret tactical alliance with Governor Chris Christie’s embattled political organization. Norcross/Greenwald ally Senate President Steve Sweeney has the most to lose if a Bridgegate-connected North Jersey Democrat like Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop SCI Chairman John Wisniewski parlay free press into gubernatorial primary street cred. The Wiz is already running Facebook ads touting his biography… almost two years out from fresh legislative elections…
For now, Christie remains a more suitable alternative to their political designs than a liberal suburban North Jersey Dem who feels less loyal (or afraid) when faced with the power of a united South Jersey bloc. They won’t get off the fence until there’s no other viable option.
Strange times, stranger alliances…
VIDEO: Greenwald Discusses SCI Subpoenas with Rachel Maddow (Jan. 2014)