• Sweeney Calls for Major Commitment to Clean Water, Education & NJ Transit

    Elected Senate President for Record Sixth TermREAD MORE »

    Trenton – After taking the oath of office as New Jersey Senate President for a record sixth term, Senate President Steve Sweeney called for a major commitment to the state’s priority needs of clean water, education and New Jersey Transit. Addressing the full Senate at the start of the new 2020-2021 Legislative session, Senator Sweeney also spoke about the more recent accomplishments that have improved the quality of life of the people of New Jersey.READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves Cryan-Sweeney Bill to Protect Against Bias-Related Attacks

    Additional Funding To Improve Safety for Churches, Synagogues, Mosques & Other Non-Profit OrganizationsREAD MORE »

    TRENTON – Reacting to the increase in bias-inspired attacks on churches, synagogues, mosques and social service organizations, the Senate today approved a bill, S-4347, authored by Senator Joe Cryan and Senate President Steve Sweeney to provide additional support for security.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Decries Veto of School ‘Cap Relief’ Bill

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement condemning Governor Murphy’s veto of legislation, S-4289, to provide cap relief to districts facing Adjustment Aid cuts that are spending below the adequacy level deemed necessary under the state’s school funding law:READ MORE »

    “The school cap relief legislation was developed with support from the New Jersey School Boards Association and school board members, superintendents and school officials from across the state.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney, Singleton Bill to Increase PFRS and SPRS Death Benefits to Surviving Children Signed into Law

    Trenton – Governor Phil Murphy signed into law today legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Troy Singleton which would increase the death benefit of an active member of the PFRS and SPRS to 50 percent of the final compensation for surviving children.READ MORE »

    The new law will amend current law, which extends benefits to the member’s widow or widower at 50 percent of their final compensation if the member dies in active service and no accidental death benefit is payable. If there is no widow or widower, 20 perfect of the member’s final compensation is paid annually to one surviving child, 35 percent to two surviving children in equal shares and 50 percent to three or more children in equal shares.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Statement on the Passing of Sergeant 1st Class Michael Goble

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement on the passing of Sergeant 1st Class Michael J. Goble:READ MORE »

    “Sergeant Michael Goble was a hero in every sense of the word. He was an exceptional soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, our state, and the enduring values we hold true. I extend my deepest condolences to his friends, family and loved ones. Yesterday, New Jersey lost one of its finest.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Addresses Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey to Speak on Economic Reforms

    Mount Laurel – Continuing to advocate for the fiscal and economic reforms needed to avert future financial crises, Senate President Steve Sweeney spoke at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) policy forum today where he emphasized the economic value of bringing reforms to public finances.READ MORE »

    Senator Sweeney participated in “Meet the Policymakers,” an event that features key New Jersey policy figures. Senator Sweeney spoke about the Path to Progress and the need to make investments in areas such as school funding and in NJ Transit.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Visits Covenant House, The ARC of Essex County & University Hospital

    Tours Three Social Service Programs for Homeless Youth, Children with Developmental Disabilities & Violence Prevention     READ MORE »

    Essex County – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured three different social facilities in Essex County today, getting a firsthand view of programs that care for neglected and homeless youth, that educate children with developmental disabilities and an innovative hospital-based violence intervention program.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney: Pascack Valley Line Cancellations Just Latest Example of Failure of NJ Transit Planning

    Senate President: Continuing shortage of engineers after 22 months is ‘unacceptable excuse’ when issue was flagged before new NJT management took overREAD MORE »

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney today sharply criticized NJ Transit’s leadership for blaming a continuing shortage of engineers for the cancellation of two Pascack Valley Line express trains that led Metro-North to withhold contracted payments for the service from the fiscally strapped agency.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney & Cunningham Join with Community Leaders to Advocate for Reentry Reforms

    New Brunswick – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Sandra Cunningham today participated in a forum on ways to improve reentry practices, joining with former Governor Jim McGreevey, as well as religious and community leaders to focus on the report by the New Jersey Reentry Services Commission and its recommendations to improve opportunities for the successful transition of former prisoners into society.READ MORE »

    Senator Sweeney, who sponsored the legislation creating the commission, and Senator Cunningham, who served on the panel, have endorsed the report’s recommendations. Senator Cunningham, who also supports the report’s findings, serves as co-chair of the commission.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Highlights Importance of Fair Funding Formula at Tour of Manville High School

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured Manville High School today and met with the Manville School District Superintendent Robert Beers. Manville received a $3 million increase in aid for the 2018-2019 school year, and still remains only 65 percent funded.READ MORE »

    “In the last eight years Manville has seen an 18 percent increase in enrollment and a significant increase in its poverty rate, yet before this year their state funding had been stagnant,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Districts like this are exactly why funding the school funding formula is so crucial. No district wants to lose money, but the reality is that there are districts around the state who are critically underfunded and we must redistribute the funding if every student is going to have an equal opportunity at success.”READ MORE »