Every historically-founded senator privately dreams of wearing a toga as a nod to the governing body’s roots in ancient Rome.
But it turns out that not everyone is really looking for a place in a triumvirate.
In the last days of this Republic, the first Roman triumvirate was composed of Julius Caesar, Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus.
It was Rome, this is New Jersey, and now apparently State Senator Tom Kean, Jr., who last week
officially launched his second consecutive CD7 candidacy for Congress, wants to form a triumvirate from a combination of Senators Bob Singer, Steve Oroho and Joe Pennacchio.
Leading the Senate Minorities Office in the wake of Kean, as the Senator prepares for the next step in his political career by attempting to dethrone outgoing U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D-7).
If this is how Kean intends to handle the estate, two of his potential successors in the still officially cohesive triumvirate would disagree.
Pennacchio doesn’t think a three-way leadership model works in this case.
Veteran Morris County Senator thinks Senate should supplant Kean now with one clear Senate
leader of the minority and not wait until the second Thursday following the November elections to fill the post.
For his part, Singer has no problem with Kean’s decision.
Veteran Ocean County Senator thinks it appropriate for the three to come together to deal with the task of helping battleground Republicans get elected this year, then having caucus contests to replace Kean as expected, after the election.
As they vie with Oroho for Kean’s seat, their views on Kean’s succession plan put them at odds over Kean’s latest intentions for the caucus.
Pennacchio doesn’t believe the succession decision rests with Kean but with the caucus as a whole.
Singer argues that a fight for Kean’s leadership seat would distract leaders from the upcoming general election at a time when the GOP Senate caucus wants to reverse its deficit from 15 to 25 senators. Singer’s attitude seems to go in the direction of “let’s make Republicans first, then worry about the second Thursday after the election.”
Pennacchio – a former co-director of Donald Trump’s re-election campaign – says the GOP can improve its chances of winning seats on the battlefield if it has a reference person. It is not just a fundraising role, but a leadership role. Rightly or wrongly, it is said that he fears the perception that the three senators are doing the work in committee.
It’s a small caucus conflict, which at the very least gives senators a chance to entertain not only the current tradition of writing laws in ancient Rome, but also eventually being part of a triumvirate, Caesar-style. , Pompey and Crassus.
At this rate, Singer, Oroho, and Pennacchio could decide to take over from Kean by hosting a chariot race around the Statehouse.
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