Don’t expect the State Senate to meet very often this fall, since the Democratic majority could have a problem mustering enough votes to pass a bill without Republican support. Of the 22 Democratic Senators — a bill needs 21 votes to pass — Wayne Bryant and Sharpe James, both under federal criminal indictment, could miss some votes, and it will be months before Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny, seriously injured in a mysterious July 18 accident, will be able to return to Trenton. All three are retiring this year.
A third Senator, Joseph Coniglio, is reportedly the target of a federal criminal investigation. If Coniglio is charged, and you take out the indicted and injured Senators, Republicans will have a 19-18 majority in the State Senate.