Beck is surrogate for Kean, sources say

The icy relationship between the state’s top Senate lawmaker and the upper chamber’s ranking Republican doesn’t appear to be warming.

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) is said to be the link between Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Republicans. She is acting as surrogate for Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), according to sources.

Contact between Sweeney and Kean has continued to be at a minimum following the public spats between the lawmakers in the lead up to the recent statewide elections, said sources, who confirmed Beck has stepped up as the go between.

Beck is surrogate for Kean, sources say