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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Some Democrats waiting for Sweeney before moving on new Senate President

Stack says he’s ‘not committed to anyone’

By David Wildstein, November 04 2021 9:28 pm

Steve Sweeney isn’t ready to acknowledge that he might have lost his own State Senate seat, and that’s making some Democratic senators jumpy as they seek to navigate the treacherous waters of the race for Senate President.

“Out of respect for the Senate President, a lot of us are just keeping our powder dry,” a Democratic state senator told the New Jersey Globe on the condition of anonymity.  “A lot of us want to give Steve the chance to make peace with his own election before we start talking about his successor.”

Multiple Democratic senators echoed a similar theme.

Still, there’s no shortage of Democrats – including his own base in South Jersey –already working deals to figure out who will be the next Senate President.

And some senators are showing up on supporter lists for multiple candidates.

State Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Union City) expressed disappointment with Sweeney’s defeat in his own district and pushed back on the idea that Hudson County might vote as a block.

“I’m not committed to anyone,” Stack said. “I have not made my decision.”

Sweeney postponed leadership elections scheduled for Thursday and has not announced a new date.

He trails Republican Edward Durr by 2,095 votes, with final counts expected next week.

The deadline to certify the results of the election is November 15.

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