Above: We hear Sweeney’s getting his budget advice from Chris Christie.
Clarification: The letter was sent to Sweeney, Speaker Coughlin and the Governor, and copies went to every Democratic legislator and county chair. But it’s addressed to Sweeney. – REE
Yesterday, Rep. Bonnie Watson sent an extraordinary 2-page letter to NJ State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who’s been locked in a battle of wills with Gov. Phil Murphy over spending priorities and taxes for weeks, as state shutdown looms. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin’s involved in all this too, with Sweeney. But Watson Coleman chose to direct her advice to Sweeney alone; he’s been running the show for far longer and exercising a great deal of control.
Watson Coleman’s been around a long time, too. She’s in a pretty good position to give advice to Mr. Sweeney. Elected to the Legislature 20 years ago. Former NJ Assembly Majority Leader. Former State Party chair. She’s a congresswoman now, big step up. But she’s still a citizen of New Jersey, and it appears she doesn’t like what she’s seeing. She’s got a story to tell, and a warning of what could happen. It matters that these folks are Democrats, all of them. This ought to be easier. And more productive for he people of New Jersey. 2 pages follow, she’s pretty much reading him the riot act: