N.J. governor’s race fallout could claim Senate President Sweeney as Democrats trail key legislative races

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The New Jersey Legislature could see a major shakeup — including the disappearance of its most prominent lawmaker, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney — following a closer-than-expected governor’s race between Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. It’s likely that Democrats will retain their nearly two-decade hold on the Legislature, the body in Trenton that crafts the state’s laws and passes the state budget. But their influence is poised to shrink. But Sweeney, D-Gloucester — the second-most-powerful elected state official after Murphy and a force in New Jersey poli…

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