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Senate President Steve Sweeney. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Sweeney would back Norcross for Booker seat

By Nikita Biryukov, February 07 2019 4:17 pm

Though it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, Senate President Steve Sweeney would want Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker in Congress’s upper chamber should the latter’s presidential run prove fruitful.

“I would have to support Donald Norcross, he’s my lifelong friend,” Sweeney said. “That’s not even a fair question.”

Norcross has long been floated as a potential senator, though more-recently elected members of New Jersey’s House delegation have also been floated as potential successors should one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats open up.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), a second-term congressman, who has made a name for himself as a moderate through the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan House group that Gottheimer co-chairs is a possible replacement.

Also in the running is freshman Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), who observers have called the rock star of the state’s delegation.

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