HACKENSACK – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), the potential gubernatorial hopeful from South Jersey, toured North Jersey on Tuesday, perhaps testing the waters of the communities alongside the Hackensack and Passaic rivers for a statewide run. Among those at his side in Hackensack was state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), one of Bergen County’s boldface politicians.
Meanwhile, during Sweeney’s stop in Lyndhurst, it was Essex County’s own state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) who flanked Sweeney, making political observers wonder who could take Sweeney’s place if the current state Senate President successfully ascends to the governor’s seat in the near future.
PolitickerNJ asked Sarlo point-blank in Hackensack what his wingman role for Sweeney on Tuesday meant for his chances at one day taking over the state Senate President spot.
“I am the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee….and I have a good partnership with [Sweeney],” Sarlo said. “As part of the leadership team, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished in the north. Today was a great visit for the Senate President to be up here. There is no talk of who the next Senate President is. The senators in Bergen County have a great partnership with [Sweeney].”