ATLANTIC CITY – If a battle is slowly brewing between Senate President Steve and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop over a potential gubernatorial matchup, at least one powerful North Jersey Democrat isn’t getting involved.
“They’re both my friends,” said Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.
“I have a great relationship with both of them,” he said, quickly adding that besides, “It’s too early” to be worrying about a gubernatorial race in the first place.
Sweeney and Fulop have both been staples at events in Atlantic City this week for the League of Municipalities annual conference. Both men are also quietly being discussed in Democratic circles as possible gubernatorial contenders in the next race for the governor’s mansion.
So far, little has been discussed openly by either Democrat of the possibility of facing off against the other.
When asked by a reporter in Atlantic City whether he could take Fulop in a Democratic primary, Sweeney joked about being able to take the Democratic mayor in a bench press contest – but declined to speculate on any other match ups.