Want a clue as to whether Senate President Steve Sweeney's gubernatorial machinations are real or not?
In October, Sweeney travelled to Baltimore for a meeting with Democratic Governor's Association Chairman Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland. According to a source familiar with the meeting, the two men had a long, frank discussion about the New Jersey governor's race and the potential to unseat Gov. Chris Christie.
While O'Malley reportedly made no specific commitment to Sweeney, the meeting was well received by both men. The DGA had reportedly been committed to Newark Mayor Cory Booker as the party's best chance to dethrone Christie, however, in August a source connected to the organization said the DGA was not solely focused on Booker and was open to other potential candidates.
Sweeney has said he will make no announcement of his future plans until 2013.
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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