Sweeney denies Kean substitution for Doherty, but then relents for supplementals

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) just dropped the hammer on Republicans’ plans to swap out Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) for Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield).

But almost as quickly, he relents, enabling Doherty to vacate his seat to sub in Kean.

Republicans first sought a rules change to enable them to go with four senators, but Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-ridge), chair of the budget committee, and Sweeney, fought them.

Now Sweeney is giving Kean the go-ahead to get in there for Doherty – but just for the budget bills that Doherty does not want to support.

For the moment, however, Doherty’s seat remains empty.

Sweeney denies Kean substitution for Doherty, but then relents for supplementals