There's a new candidate for State Senate Majority Leader: Stephen Sweeney. The two-term Gloucester County Democrat has begun seeking support for the post, according to South Jersey political leaders familiar with Sweeney's plans.
Sweeney could be formidable, especially if South Jersey expands the size of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Polls conducted by both parties show Democratic challengers leading incumbent GOP Senators in the first and second districts. There are currently four Southern Democratic Senators in Trenton.
Majority Leader Bernard Kenny is not seeking re-election to the Senate this year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Adler, Senate Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale, and Paul Sarlo of Bergen County are also mulling bids for the leadership post. If Sweeney runs, look for Adler to step aside.