Destination Bergen: Sweeney Swims in Northern Waters

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) on Lake Hopatcong.

The South is moving.

They want Hudson in their corner and now they also want Bergen.

A week after the power players from South Jersey interfaced with the poohbahs of Hudson, they’re on their way to neighboring Bergen County and a meeting with County Chairman Paul Juliano.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) are said to be angling their SUVs in the direction of Juliano’s Fairview for a Wednesday evening session.

Sources say the talks likely have to do with 2025 and getting Sweeney to the Governor’s Mansion post Phil Murphy. He serves two more years as senate prez in exchange for northern support toward a statewide run, or some variation on that theme.

Just speculation.

What’s not in question is the meeting Sweeney and Greenwald have secured with Juliano.

They’re moving.

“The south likes to get out in front of everyone,” a source ho-hummed to InsiderNJ.

Now they’re competing with a more energized Middlesex and Essex, who appear joined at the hip and also routinely in Juliano’s ear.

Sweeney didn’t bother showing up at the swearing-in ceremony of new Democratic State Chairman LeoRoy Jones earlier this month, while Middlesex Democratic Chairman in full-blown power broker pomp and circumstance mode.

Of course, Juliano also has a close political relationship with state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32).

Sacco is said to have not attended last week’s meeting in Hudson but is in touch with the South with newfound zest.

A Bergen source wouldn’t confirm the actual meeting for Wednesday but acknowledged that Sweeney and Juliano “are talking.”

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  • Kathleen Demarest

    As a Bergen County resident, I would like to extend a warm welcome
    to Senator Steve Sweeney. I have heard him state, as many politicians
    do, that he likes to help people and as Senate President, he cares for
    everyone in the state. It comforts me to know that if I ever need help
    Sen. Sweeney will know his way to Bergen County. He will jump in his
    SUV, and zip up the parkway to help this 90 year old New Jersey voter.

    So once again, welcome, Senator Sweeney, may you love Bergen County
    as much as I do. My best wishes are with you. And may I add a tad of love?
    At 90 you can love anyone you want. I made that rule up. It works for me.

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