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State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Cunningham cleared as prosecutors drop drunk driving charges

Senate President Pro Tempore fined $175 for careless driving

By David Wildstein, May 12 2022 11:35 am

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.

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