The state Democratic Convention will kick off Thursday in Atlantic City and feature speakers such as Murphy and U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez.

New Jersey Democrats enters the convention with a lot of momentum – the party swept nearly every state race and many municipal races in the 2017 general elections – but are also divided among the ranks.

Senate President Steve Sweeney will not attend, opting instead to go to a U.S. Presidential fundraiser for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Camden County.

Sweeney said on Tuesday that he would not attend, in part, because the state party chairman, John Currie, sided with Gov. Phil Murphy in the state budget battle this summer.

Sweeney said the party chairman showed little respect for the state Senate in picking sides.

The convention will run all day Friday at Harrah’s and include panels and discussions on how Democrats can win elections this November.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who is in a tight race with Republican challenger Bob Hugin, will speak on Friday to close out the convention.

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