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Analysis: Politicians Crossing Party Lines, Raising Money For Opposition In Pa., N.J.

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(KYW's Larry Kane) Larry Kane
Larry Kane, well known as the dean of Philadelphia television ...
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By Special Contributor Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Every poll suggests that Americans are fed up with divisive government, but, in the summer of 2013, there appears to be a thaw.

On Tuesday night, over 90 people, mostly Democrats, were at the home of civic leader David L. Cohen donating money to Pat Toomey, conservative Republican U.S. senator.

KYW Newsradio spoke to several donors who said Toomey was a hit and people in the room were described as warm and radiant.

Then in New Jersey, Chris Christie, the republican who wants the White House, paraded out Democrats who support his re-election.

What’s happening is Democrats, like Cohen, understand that gridlock is fatal to progress and Christie needs a big win to tout his ambitions; everybody has a reason.

But it is unusual because it’s one thing to cross party lines, quite another to raise money for the opposition.

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