How did one of New Jersey's most powerful Democrats wind up mortal enemies with one of New Jersey's biggest unions? Aren't they supposed to be buddies?

Not only is the teachers union opposing state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney this year, it's backing a Republican who voted for ... TRUMP. For a left-leaning organization, that's a mortal sin.

How did we get here? Why did the man who's now state senate president spend years as a pariah in his own party? How did he find so much common ground with Republican Gov. Chris Christie?

New Jersey's sky-high taxes make for some odd political alliances. Jim explores all of that in latest installment of the Jim Gearhart Show podcast, available here as well on iTunes and Google Play.

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That's it's just part of what Jim takes on in the latest installment of his podcast. Check out the full episode below to hear the rest. Email Jim at Jim@NJ1015.com.

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— Townsquare Media staff

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