AJ is a sniveling pansy. He is a spoiled rich kid.
Will he ever be a mob boss, yes he could be.
Will he last long as boss, no he will not.
No one seems to bring up that New York has almost the exact situation going on.
Little Carmine is AJ only older. And he was boss when his father died. He lost a power struggle and gave up.
That is the significance of his talk with Tony this season as well. Carmine could be the boss that would unite the family, but he doesn't want it.
When I say that AJ and his punks could run Jersey, that is with Tony in charge of New York. AJ would be boss in name only with his punks falling in line. Screw with AJ or do not recognize him, and you will answer to Tony.
And I do not care what his character has looked like in the past. If AJ kills Phil, the respect and reputation will follow very very quickly. Especially considering that he is Tony's son.
As far as weaklings, many on this show have not been physically tough. Blundetto, Sil, Christopher, Junior, Doogie's buddy, Vito, Ralphie, and Richie to name quite a few.
These guys hire physically tough people to work for them. Remember Tony's driver, that he "beat up" to show he still deserves respect. The guy was a monster, yet he took a beating because he was told to.
Also, for those of you who think that AJ could not transform into a mob guy in so little a time frame, I do not agree.
Once the inner monster is triggered, and the power and greed take over, the transformation could occur very quickly.