In a race that sparked a feud between leaders in the Senate, Sen. Steve Sweeney, the Democratic Senate President, has outraised his GOP opponent by a margin of 80 to 1.
So far in this election cycle, Sweeney has raised more than $890,000, including $17,200 in the latest filing period. That number includes money transferred from Sweeney’s last contest. The Senate President maintains $731,000 on hand. Sweeney also is part of a joint account with his Assembly running mates that has raised more than $400,000 in this cycle.
Sweeney’s opponent, Republican Niki Trunk, has to date raised $11,027 including $625 in this filing period. She also is part of a joint account with her Assembly running mates that has raised $5,000 to date. Trunk maintains $10,750 on hand.
Trunk was recruited to challenge Sweeney by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.. who called Sweeney’s 3rd District seat winnable and the Senate President vulnerable in a January memo to his Senate colleagues.
Kean’s brazen challenge got under Sweeney’s skin and the two leaders have been openly feuding since. Earlier this month, Kean thwarted an attempt by Sweeney to place his signature piece of gun control legislation up for emergency vote in the Senate, leading Sweeney to retaliate by yanking all GOP-sponsored bills off the upper chamber’s committee agendas.