developing in the 3rd District, where
Niki A. Trunk, an attorney who was deputy chief of staff in the state comptroller’s office, is challenging Sweeney—the
state’s most powerful Democrat and a
possible future gubernatorial candidate.
Christie carried the towns in what
is now Sweeney’s 3rd District by a margin of about 1,200 votes in 2009, while
Sweeney won re-election two years ago
by more than 5,000 votes, gaining more
than 55 percent of the ballots cast. So it’s
to be expected that Sweeney scoffs at
predictions he is in jeopardy—or that his
party will lose control. Reading the polls,
Sweeney says, “People voting for the governor are returning to us.
“Why get rid of a Democratic legislature if we are working well together?”
Sweeney asks. “We have been responsi-Bob Gordon certainly hopes that’s
true. In the closest Senate race in 2011,
Gordon won by less than 2,600 votes in
the 38th District in Bergen County. Christie narrowly lost to Corzine in the towns
that are part of that district. Gordon’s opponent is Fernando Alonso, who unsuccessfully bid for an Assembly seat in the
district in 2011, falling short by more than
2,000 votes. Gordon’s Assembly running
mates also won close elections in 2011.