Drunk driving charges filed more than one year ago against Senate President Pro Tempore Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City), were dismissed after a short court hearing this morning.
Prosecutors said that that the state as unable to prove its case against Cunningham, a five-term Democrat from Hudson County.
Cunningham appeared to be vindicated last June when toxicology reports showed no alcohol in her system and the presence of two non-narcotic prescription drugs.
She was charged in March 2021 after a collision with three parked cars. Cunningham, 71, called police and waited about 30 minutes for a response. She declined a field sobriety test.
The allegations did not affect her bid for re-election last year. She had no primary opponent and won 75% of the vote in the general election.
But speculation that Cunningham might succeed Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) as the Senate Majority Leader this year ended with the driving incident. Instead, the post went to Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), with Cunningham replacing Ruiz in the pro tempore position.