Sweeney calls Kean ‘desperate’

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney said he decided to pull Republican-sponsored bills from committee agendas because Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, (R-21), of Westfield, “has decided to make things very partisan here.”

“It was his choice,” he said Monday. “He wants to play games. He wants to be partisan.”

Sweeney said he has a long record of working on bipartisanship and he’s even received calls from undisclosed Republicans about Kean’s handling of the situation.

“I live on a two-way street. Tom was born on a one-way (road).”

Kean and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick criticized Sweeney today for pulling GOP bills from today’s committee agendas.

Sweeney said in response that he believes much of the recent partisanship from Kean, at least from his perspective, could be attributed to his motivation to become Senate president.

“He’s desperate to get control of the Senate,” he said. “There’s zero chance of him getting control of it. But he has to convince people. So he has to become much more partisan. I honestly am not going to put up with it.”

He even challenged Kean to put more resources into the 3rd legislative District in his attempt to unseat Sweeney with a Republican candidate.
“We’ll see who comes out on top,” he said.

  Sweeney calls Kean ‘desperate’