Weinberg wants Democratic leadership but won’t get specific – yet

NORTHFIELD – A source in the state Senate said the only way state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), West Deptford, gets bumped is if things get volatile enough in the lower house to warrant a regionally reconsidered reshuffling of Sweeney.

But, to be clear, “There’s no move on Sweeney,” said the well-connected source.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck, the widely recognized leader of the state’s progressive movement, has often parted company with Sweeney on key issues, including marriage equality and health and pension benefits reform.

She is not willing at this time to commit to him or another as Senate president.

“I anticipate we are going to elect Democrats and stay in charge in the Senate and in the Assembly,” Weinberg told PolitickerNJ.com moments after she finished a press conference here at the campaign headquarters of state Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City, and Whelan’s 2nd District running mates. 

Another source in the Senate confirmed the first source’s point that there is no intrigue around the sitting Senate president within the caucus, and only anticipation that he will return to the chair of power.

Weinberg wants Democratic leadership but won’t get specific – yet