Patrick Kennedy hailed as ‘Democrats’ savior’ in new NJ homeOctober 8th, 2012 at 11:27 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Patrick Kennedy is making a splash in his new hometown in New Jersey.
Kennedy is building a million-dollar home in the Republican stronghold of Brigantine, N.J., where his new wife Amy is from – much to the delight of local Democrats, according to this fun Philadelphia Inquirer profile by Amy S. Rosenberg. A few highlights (emphasis mine):
Kennedy is already a fixture in Brigantine, where he jogs along Bayshore Drive daily (a practice, he has said, that has replaced the medication he was taking for his depression and bipolar conditions). The family is renting until the house is done. …
New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who also showed up in Brigantine, hopes this is about more than wind. A Democrat, he’s salivating over the possibility that Kennedy might return to politics and run for, well, anything.
“Having Patrick Kennedy here in the state of New Jersey is very good for Democrats,” he said. “Sure, there’s a scramble – he’s a former congressman with a million-dollar brand.”
The buzz has spread up to Gov. [Chris] Christie, according to Kennedy. He says his cousin Timmy Shriver met with Christie about the Special Olympics (New Jersey is hosting in 2014, and Kennedy already is planning a casino gala). “He told Timmy, ‘What did I hear about your cousin running against me?’ ”
For now, Kennedy, who will vote one last time in Rhode Island this fall, says the politics he’s interested in deal with health care for mental illnesses and addiction.
• Related: Patrick Kennedy cuts asking price for his RI home to $1.395M (Oct. 5)