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.