One way or another, Gov. Chris Christie is leaving the governor's office and it's no secret that state Senate President Steve Sweeney would like to replace him.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media)

But the South Jersey Democrat is still wounded among rank and file party members.

And now there is talk he might be tapped to replace the indicted Bob Menendez in the U.S. Senate. For now, Sweeney is dismissing such talk.

But Sweeney didn't say he wouldn't accept the position, only that it was premature to be talking about it.