There was a sense of unease at the 101st gathering of the League of Municipalities, informed by President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory last week.
“It’s completely bizarre what happened last Tuesday. I can’t stop watching the news. I never expected in my life to hear the title President Trump. To me, it’s scary,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester).
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi concurred with the president of the state Senate.
“There’s still a lot of people who are shell-shocked by the results of the national election,” she said.
But former Gov. Jim Florio did not share in the doom and gloom.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as people think it’s going to be,” he said. “The fact of the matter is he’s not a zealot; he’s not an ideological person. He’s an opportunist; he’s a pragmatic opportunist. He’s been for abortion and against abortion,” he added.
“The interesting thing will be how long it takes for the really strong, right-wing people and him to have a falling out because he’s a deal maker and a lot of those people don’t make deals,” Florio said.
And some at the meeting think the president-elect may be on the same page as them, at least in one respect.
“I’m rooting for him on his transportation request, the $1 trillion. I know President Obama tried to do that for eight years and the Republican-led Congress blocked it. You know, maybe he’ll be more lucky with it,” Sweeney said.
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