The senator and the animal heads

Have you ever been to Pub 199 in Mount Arlington?   If so, the most memorable feature is not the inexpensive food and liquor, but the scores of mounted animal heads on the wall in the back dining room. We’re not talking about a few deer heads.

Oh, there are deer heads to be sure, but there is much more than that _ there are mountain goats, badgers, foxes, an elephant, a giraffe and all sorts of birds. They hang from the wall and in some cases are suspended from the ceiling.  This ain’t the place for a PETA meeting.

Into this menagerie tonight stepped state Sen. Anthony R. Bucco. This was the senator’s lobsterfest, one of three annual fundaisers he holds. The others are a beefsteak dinner and a golf outing.

The back dining room overflowed with dozens of supporters from throughout the 25th District. There were no speeches; just a time for well wishes to have a few beers and to chow down on lobster, steak, crab legs and clams.  The price was a reasonable $65. 

The senator is up for reelection this year and the rumor is that Freeholder Director Bill Chegwidden is thinking about challenging Bucco in the June Republican primary. That could explain why not one of the seven county freeholders were in attendance.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

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