State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) had a lunchtime meeting with Newark’s Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins on Tuesday, according to a source.
Sweeney, a potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has a South Jersey power base and counts South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross III among his main allies.
Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins was backed in this year’s Newark municipal elections by Mayor Ras Baraka, who faced a stiff challenge from mayoral race rival Shavar Jeffries.
Jeffries received support not only from Norcross, but Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, perhaps Sweeney’s strongest North Jersey ally.
Chaneyfield Jenkins is an Essex County employee under DiVincenzo.