Jones Huddles with Singleton in the Statehouse Basement

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TRENTON – As cold weather-garbed bodies squeezed in and out of the serpentine hallways of the Statehouse basement, Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), a South Jersey lawmaker with deep labor ties, steered powerful Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones into a private cranny.

Sources tell PolitickerNJ that of two competing casino referendum bills, one backed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and the NJ Building Trades Council enjoys a loosely fitted together alliance of South Jersey Democrats, Middlesex Democrats and Republicans in the Assembly.

Essex Assembly Democrats for the most part, sources say, appear to be behind a competing bill supported by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32).

After conferring with Singleton, who pressed hard this morning for support from his colleagues for the Sweeney version of the bill, Jones told PolitickerNJ that he doesn’t know at the moment what the outcome will be.

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Jones Huddles with Singleton in the Statehouse Basement