It looks as if the Democratic field is clear for State Sen. Barbara Buono to take on Republican Gov. Christie in New Jersey's gubernatorial election in November.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), considered a possible contender, wants to focus on maintaining a Democratic hold of the Legislature, he said in a statement issued Monday.
"Is there any question about the havoc and pain a Republican Legislature would inflict on the middle class, labor, women, and our seniors?" Sweeney said. "For over a decade, New Jersey voters have ensured we have a strong Democratic majority in both houses, and I view it as absolutely essential and my job is to keep that streak going."