"She stole everything but the camera" the actor George Raft once said of Mae West, who famously upstaged him (and pretty much everyone else) in her 1932 screen debut.
West was short, plump and pushing 40, but she became a cinematic sex goddess anyway, due in part to a stupendous self-confidence that reminds me of Chris Christie's. Particularly when it comes to the art of scene-stealing.
Desperately fighting for screen time in New Jersey's gubernatorial race, Democrat Barbara Buono is accusing the Republican incumbent of hijacking publicly funded TV spots, which ostensibly promote post-Sandy Shore tourism, and transforming them into campaign commercials.
Buono, a state Senator from Middlesex County upon whose hopes the latest poll must be taking a toll, wants the governor's campaign to underwrite some of the cost of those "Stronger Than the Storm" spots. A progressive organization called New Jersey Working Families is running an online petition drive to that end as well.