Sentate GOP meeting this morning

The Senate Republican caucus is meeting at 9AM this morning in Trenton. On the agenda: the upcoming lame duck legislative session, and the battle for Senate President between Democrats Richard Codey (D-Roseland) and Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford). Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) said last Friday that he has not closed the door on a deal to keep Codey in power; he has said that he wants the seventeen Republican Senators to vote as a block. Kean is expected to hear from at least six GOP Senators that a deal to re-elect Codey is not an option. Senate Minority Whip Kevin O’Toole (R-Cedar Grove), Sweeney’s unofficial emissary to the Republican caucus, is expected to oppose any effort by Republicans to interfere with the Democratic leadership contests.

Sentate GOP meeting this morning