As Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto continue to be seen together at public events – the latest was a Young Democrats’ soiree last night in Bordentown – they hide very gritted teeth over the big statewide issue that bitterly divides them.
It’s getting worse, not better, a source told PolitickerNJ, insisting there’s no compromise in sight on the state takeover of Atlantic City, a situation exacerbated by Prieto’s newfound confidence over resisting the double duo of Sweeney and Christie.
“Whats happening,” a source said, “is that Prieto got some muscles and he’s feeling strong. Sweeney and Christie are so strong-willed, and now we have a third guy going in the other direction who’s the same way. Nothing’s getting done.”
The source said there is no set date at this time for Prieto’s state takeover bill to be heard in the assembly, and questioned whether the speaker has the votes to put in play an alternative to Sweeney’s and Christie’s state takeover bill.
But all along the overriding dividing point between Prieto and Christie/Sweeney has been process. The speaker didn’t appreciate the expectation of simply having to affirm the work the other two accomplished behind closed doors. The fact that he has asserted his independence in the process has energized him, the source insisted, even as it has deflated the prospect of the legislature getting anything done on the Atlantic City front.