Sweeney attempts to pacify caucus

Capitol sources say a CWA-badgered Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) of West Deptford has called a caucus meeting to try to focus skittish Democrats on pension and health benefits reform.

Armed with a Quinlan Poll, Sweeney wants to make his case to fellow Democrats that they shouldn’t crack under CWA picketing and threats.

The meeting lasted two plus hours.

Sweeney presented poll numbers showing the public favors pension and healthcare reforms.

While gutchecking the caucus with the poll, Sweeney also acknowledged that he would be willing to work with the public sector workers on a contract and not push a legislative proposal. Sweeney attempts to pacify caucus