The New Jersey State Senator's challenger in this year's race, Brian Levine, the Republican Mayor of Franklin Township, would seem to think so. New Jersey's seventeenth legislative district covers New Brunswick and Piscataway, along with neighboring, Rutgers-adjacent towns like North Brunswick, Milltown, and Franklin in Somerset County. Rutgers has a big presence all over New Jersey, Central Jersey, and especially Middlesex and Somerset counties, but arguably nowhere more than this district,, where the university is the prime economic driver of the district's economy.
With Steve Sweeney continuing his despicable anti-Rutgers crusade, it at minimum is fair for Levine to ask Smith how he can keep having it both ways. One can't be both a friend of Rutgers University and support the gutter politics of Sweeney and his puppet master George Norcross. This is not a problem for Levine, who is unapologetically pro-Rutgers. Smith, and other Middlesex Democrats, may soon face a hard choice however. Sweeney and Norcross need to be persona non grata in the county, with it being especially grating to seen the unwelcome Sweeney continuing to dare to show his face in the Hub City; the same city that he is trying to strip mine for the benefit for Rowan.