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Will Steve Sweeney Run for Governor 2017? [AUDIO]


Whether it’s the New Jersey press corps or the national media, Gov. Chris Christie is getting barraged by non-stop questions about his 2016 presidential aspirations. The onslaught isn’t likely to end until Christie makes a formal announcement. Meantime in the Garden State, there’s speculation about state Sen. President Steve Sweeney’s future.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (Photo by Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media)

He’s often named among the Democratic frontrunners for New Jersey governor, but Sweeney isn’t ready to publicly commit to anything regarding his plans.

“The next governor will be a Democrat and hopefully we put up the best candidate to be successful going forward,” said Sweeney (D-West Deptford). “I’m a Democrat. I want to see a Democrat.”

The people of New Jersey want a Democratic governor too according to Sweeney. As evidence, he cites the fact that Democrats held onto all 24 seats they had going into Election Day earlier this month and that voters overwhelmingly approved a Democrat-sponsored ballot question to increase the state’s minimum wage.

“What I’m focused on honestly is getting this place reorganized and moving forward and dealing with the priorities that we have which is jobs,” said Sweeney when asked if he would be the Democrat to run for governor. “Whoever winds up being our candidate or candidates, that’ll get sorted out when the time comes.”

Sweeney said he actually very happy just to be senate president again.


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