Keep on looking for the light

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor and the New York State legislature aren't tough enough to hold on through the storm.

But New Jersey is.

In Washington, Cantor -- a Virginia Republican who is majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives -- walked out of deficit reduction talks Thursday.

In Albany, lawmakers went home to rest without voting on marriage equality.

But in Trenton, a marathon day of brash protests outside and bareknuckled politicking inside the state capitol ended with a landmark vote on pension and benefits reform for unionized state workers.

For this real-life demonstration of their legendary gutsiness, Garden State residents can share a bit of morning-after pride.

Regardless of whether they view Thursday’s vote as a disaster, or a triumph.