Tom Kean and David Friedland

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In the 1971 election, the Democrats garnered a one seat majority in the State Assembly. Despite this setback, Tom Kean, the outgoing majority leader, still managed to arrange a deal with David Friedland (then minority leader) for Kean to become the Speaker of the new Assembly.

In 2003, State Senator (and Jersey City Mayor) Glenn Cunningham led a group of alienated Democrats offering the position of Senate President to the Republicans. The current Republican higher-ups, lacking the verve and vigor of Tom Kean, demurred.

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