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Gloves Come Off Between Kean And Sweeney In N.J. State Senate

Both Legislators Blocking Bills
Sen. Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (file / credits: New Jersey Senate Democrats, New Jersey Senate Republican Office)

Sen. Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (file / credits: New Jersey Senate Democrats, New Jersey Senate Republican Office)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The two most powerful men in the New Jersey Senate are locking horns.

Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney has pulled all 7 Republican-sponsored bills from Monday’s agenda and says no GOP legislation will see daylight until further notice.

Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. says Sweeney is playing politics at the expense of policy.

Kean refused to grant Sweeney the Republican votes needed to get his gun-control bill through the Senate on an emergency basis last week. Kean says there was no emergency.

The Union County Republican has also donated to the candidate who is opposing Sweeney’s re-election bid, lawyer Niki Trunk.

Kean says the Democrat’s south Jersey district is “absolutely” winnable in November. Kean hopes to flip the Democrat-controlled Senate by winning 5 seats.

Sweeney says, bring it on.

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