A Democratic source told PolitickerNJ.com that Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes had a sit-down meeting with State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, around lunchtime on Thursday.
The location of the reported meeting, unlike the restaurant backrooms and barrooms where these type of classic Jersey-style political meetings often take place, was a public place familiar to State House regulars – the Cafe NJ inside the Garden State’s seat of government.
The timing of the meeting between Hughes, who was named first vice president of the non-partisan County Executives of America association last week, Hughes’ chief of staff Kelly Ganges and Sweeney is notable.
Hughes was present at last week’s Monmouth County Democrats’ summer barbecue bash at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. Also in the house was Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, another potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2017, who in view of PolitickerNJ.com spoke on the side with Hughes at length.
Hughes’ term as an officer with the national county executive’s association extends into next year, when Hughes will seek reelection for an unprecedented fourth time in Mercer County.