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

Cunningham DUI summons not affecting majority leader contest, Sweeney says

By Nikita Biryukov, June 03 2021 7:34 pm

State Sen. Sandra Cunningham’s (D-Jersey City) summons for driving under the influence isn’t impacting her prospects of succeeding Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) as Senate majority leader, Senate President Steve Sweeney said Thursday.

“She takes on the issues that aren’t sexy. She takes on the tough ones, so I’m standing with her,” he said during a press gaggle following the day’s voting session. “She’ll have a day in court, but I believe in her.”

Cunningham was involved in a collision that saw her vehicle strike three parked cars in Jersey City in March. She’s been charged with driving under the influence and entered a not-guilty plea Thursday morning.

The Senate president said Cunningham was “deserving of her day in court,” adding he believed her symptoms did not align with alcohol intoxication.

“What I know is if you’re drinking, you’re not messed up and having health conditions from nine in the morning until six in the evening. You eventually sober up. I think the senator had a health issue and she had a reaction to medication,” he said. “Give her her day in court.”

Body camera footage of the police response to the incident first obtained by The (Bergen) Record shows Cunningham saying she felt “unsteady” and declining to complete a field sobriety test. She was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for following the crash.

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