WEST DEPTFORD – State Sen. President Steve Sweeney showed no fear of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s coattails sweeping Democrats out of the majority in the state Legislature.
“There’s nobody freaking out. I’ve been running from town to town to town in Gloucester County, and we’ve been doing very well in the districts,” said Sweeney in a phone interview with PolitickerNJ.com after Democratic sources indicated that he feared his vote base was in danger. “Republicans vote early and Democrats vote late in my county. That’s the way it’s always been, and we’re right on track. Our numbers are looking exactly like they were in 2009 [during the last gubernatorial election].”
But Sweeney was peeved on a number of political fronts.
“I’ve not going to react to every single statement that Tom Kean Jr. makes,” Sweeney said, referring to the State Sen. Minority Leader, who has been vocal recently about his belief that he is going to take Sweeney’s leadership job soon. “They said I was going to replace [State Sen. Majority Leader] Loretta Weinberg. I’m not going to react to all these rumors.
“Right now, I’m going from headquarters to headquarters, and they’re just getting their numbers now,” Sweeney added. “The election is going to be done at 8 p.m., and then we’re going to count the votes. I am confident that we are going to win every one of our legislative districts just based on all of the polling and campaigning that we’ve done in the last nine or ten weeks. I feel very confident where I’m going to be at the end of the day. And to categorize me as freaking out is just a little bit over the top.”