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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Weinberg’s political career didn’t start with success. It started with trees

By Nikita Biryukov, January 13 2021 5:58 pm

Loretta Weinberg’s first foray into politics didn’t end as she might’ve hoped.

Far from Trenton and its golden dome, Weinberg, then a recent New York transplant, was strolling down Cedar Lane in Teaneck with her two young children, pining for the shade around her old home on West 75th Street in Manhattan.

“It was hot and there wasn’t a tree around, or there were just a few scraggly trees,” she said. “I thought I had moved to the country.”

The future elder stateswoman went to a township council meeting to urge local officials to provide pedestrians some solace from the sun.

It didn’t exactly go as planned.

“I have admitted that some 50 years later they haven’t really succeeded in finding the right trees on Cedar Lane,” she said.

But Weinberg may get a second chance at bringing arboreal splendor to Teaneck when she leaves the Senate after serving 30 years in the legislature.

“It wasn’t one of my finest hours, so If I get a little spare time in my life after I leave the Senate, I’m going to take Bee and Theo, and we’re going to go out and find the right trees for Cedar Lane and make sure they get planted,” she said.

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