State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) quipped that there was a “66 2/3 percent” chance the next governor of New Jersey was at a Liberty State Park preservation press conference yesterday that featured Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
“You know, I’m sitting here thinking: it’s not only the current governor that we’re putting on notice here at Liberty State Park, but we have – if I could figure the arithmetic right – a 66 percent, 66 and 2/3 percent, that we have a future governor … present,” Weinberg said to a round of applause.
She made the remarks at a press conference where top Democrats and local activists joined together to battle Gov. Chris Christie on developing Liberty State Park.
“So nobody can think I was not being nice to somebody who might not be here. But I can assure you, they have the message that they’ll take into whoever leads that new administration.”
Speaking with Hudson County View after the event, Fulop, as has typically been the case, played it coy when asked about Weinberg’s comments regarding 2017.
“I thought she was referring to [Assemblyman] Raj [Mukherji, D-33)] and [state Senator] Sandy [Cunningham, D-31], so I don’t know, we read it differently,” he said with a smile.
Meanwhile, Sweeney got a chuckle when questioned about Weinberg’s political assessment, exclaiming “there’s going to be two guys running that are both named Steve.”
While Fulop and Sweeney will inevitably scrap in the 2017 Democratic primary for governor, former United States ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy is told us back in May that he’s “seriously” considering entering the race and is a long-rumored candidate for the job.
Perhaps Weinberg wouldn’t been better suited to say a 25 percent chance, since state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) has already announced he won’t see re-election in the Senate, telling us back in October that “I’m the best one to pit the state on the right track.”
Additionally, state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), who, along with Weinberg, helped lead the legislature’s Bridgegate committee, is another possible Democratic candidate looking to succeed Christie.