State Sen. Sandra Cunningham’s (D-Jersey Metropolis) summons for driving beneath the affect isn’t impacting her prospects of succeeding Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) as Senate majority chief, Senate President Steve Sweeney mentioned Thursday.
“She takes on the problems that aren’t attractive. She takes on the powerful ones, so I’m standing along with her,” he mentioned throughout a press gaggle following the day’s voting session. “She’ll have a day in court docket, however I consider in her.”
Cunningham was concerned in a collision that noticed her automobile strike three parked vehicles in Jersey Metropolis in March. She’s been charged with driving beneath the affect and entered a not-guilty plea Thursday morning.
The Senate president mentioned Cunningham was “deserving of her day in court docket,” including he believed her signs didn’t align with alcohol intoxication.
“What I do know is for those who’re consuming, you’re not tousled and having well being situations from 9 within the morning till six within the night. You ultimately sober up. I believe the senator had a well being concern and she or he had a response to medicine,” he mentioned. “Give her her day in court docket.”
Physique digital camera footage of the police response to the incident first obtained by The (Bergen) File reveals Cunningham saying she felt “unsteady” and declining to finish a subject sobriety check. She was taken to the Jersey Metropolis Medical Heart for following the crash.