Leadership fights

There are four potential leadership fights worth watching over the next few weeks: 1. Assembly Democrats: It looks like Joseph Roberts has the votes to become the next Speaker, but there is a spirited contest for Majority Leader between Wilfredo Caraballo and Bonnie Watson Coleman. Caraballo’s running mate, William Payne, has told Democratic leaders he will support Watson Coleman. 2. Senate Republicans: Minority Leader Leonard Lance, who has been largely AWOL for most of this year, could face a challenge for a second term, possibly from Anthony Bucco, a Morris County conservative who was Majority Leader from 2002 to 2004. 3. Assembly Republicans: Guy Gregg may face a challenge for a second term as Republican Conference Leader from Peter Biondi. 4. Senate Democrats: If Richard Codey winds up in the United States Senate, look for a real race for Senate President. The current Majority Leader, Bernard Kenny (who is also the Hudson County Democratic Chairman) would want to move up — creating another contest for Majority Leader — but could face competition from Joseph Vitale, Paul Sarlo, Stephen Sweeney , Nia Gill or John Adler.

Leadership fights