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In Print: Kean, Sweeney tension mounts, biz groups fear new fees


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    Rising tensions between Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Minority Leader Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (D-Westfield) highlight this week's Grapevine.

    A source tells Grapevine Democrats are searching for a credible challenger to take on Kean this fall. PolitickerNJ reported last week that Sweeney and Kean have been at odds since Kean launched an effort to recruit a strong GOP challenger for Sweeney.

    Grapevine also adds to its list of Revel creditors, and has an update on efforts to find a new manager for University Hospital, in Newark. The shift in control of the hospital is a key part of Gov. Chris Christie's higher education realignment.

    In State Street, we take a look at a couple of fees that have business groups concerned. One would let municipalities recoup costs of prosecuting liquor license violations. The other is part of an effort to increase state Medicaid funding by taxing hospitals in some parts of the state.

    State Street also takes a look at a potential change to insurance regulations that could invite a flood of lawsuits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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