Three days before the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney issued a statement praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his plan to create a permanent pedestrian plaza in front of Penn Station in Manhattan. Sources say that Cuomo has cultivated a relationship with Sweeney, largely through mutual friends from the building trades unions.
Gov. Phil Murphy already has a strained relationship with Cuomo and has refused to take sides in Cuomo’s primary challenge against Cynthia Nixon. Some insiders suggest that Cuomo doesn’t like Murphy’s connection to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and remains unhappy with Cuomo’s refusal to allow Murphy to nominate a deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Sweeney’s press release is unlikely to swing any votes to Cuomo in Thursday’s primary – unless some former Gloucester County resident now lives in Buffalo – and is probably meant to tweak Murphy more than anything else.