• Sweeney Plan Would Provide Stable Financial Support to NJ Transit

    Proposal would dedicate $500 million from Corporate Business Tax, NJ Turnpike and Clean Energy FundREAD MORE »

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney today unveiled a plan to dedicate $500 million a year from the Corporation Business Tax, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Clean Energy Fund to New Jersey Transit’s operating budget, providing much-needed financial stability to the embattled agency.READ MORE »

  • Third District Legislators Attend 19th Annual Community Awards Banquet

    West Deptford – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro attended the Calvary Community Development Corporation 19th Annual Community Awards Banquet, where the late Reverend Dr. Edward Dorn and others were honored.READ MORE »

    “It was an honor to be able to attend this banquet and to witness firsthand how these recipients have helped their communities,” said Senator Sweeney.  “These citizens are model examples of what it means to go above and beyond for the greater good of society.  Each and every one of them have done so much for Salem County and I am eternally grateful.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Tours the Kuehne Chemical Company

    Kearny – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured the Kuehne Chemical Company today, a 100-year-old manufacturing company headquartered in Kearny, NJ. In addition to the New Jersey location, the company also has facilities in New Castle, DE, and New Haven, CT, and employs more than 150 people.READ MORE »

    Kuehne is considered critical for the state’s infrastructure needs because it supplies sodium hypochlorite for the potable water and waste water treatment facilities. Its products are used primarily to sanitize water in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southern New England regions. The facility has been commended in recent years for its dedication to becoming more environmentally friendly through constructing a brine-to-bleach plant in Kearny, and for reducing the company’s chlorine consumption by 90 percent.  In addition, the brine-to-bleach plant dramatically reduces its carbon footprint by using a by-product to offset the natural gas needed in order to run the plant’s boilers.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Visits Montclair State University’s Center for Environmental Sciences

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured Montclair State University’s Center for Environmental Sciences today.  The lab has been working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections to help combat harmful algae blooms which plagued New Jersey’s freshwater lakes in recent summers.READ MORE »

    “It is amazing to see our students and faculty helping to tackle major environmental problems currently affecting New Jersey, and the country,” said Senate President Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Through actively taking on these water preservation efforts, the center helps keep New Jersey’s water clean and safe as well as train the state’s future water scientists. I am very proud of the work that they have accomplished so far and I am looking forward to seeing how they will help the state combat the growing water quality crisis in the years to come.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Bill Would Fund Pay Hike for Direct Care Workers

    Trenton – A senate committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would provide $16.5 million to fund pay increases for the direct care workers who provide care for the disabled. The additional funds would increase the existing appropriation of $40 million this year to a total of $56.5 million.READ MORE »

    “The service providers who are on the frontline providing care for the disabled should be fully appreciated and valued for their service,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “I have a lot of respect for these dedicated workers because I understand and appreciate the type of work they do. This is additional funding that will help provide them with a living wage.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Emphasizes Role of Natural Gas in Meeting State’s Energy Needs

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today emphasizing the role of natural gas in meeting the state’s energy needs and making the transition to clean fuels:READ MORE »

    “As we make the transition to clean fuels and renewable sources of energy, it is important that we recognize the role of natural gas in meeting the state’s energy needs. Natural gas is an important component of the electric grid, making vital contributions to the reliability and affordability of energy for residents and businesses in New Jersey.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Hosts Women Legislators, Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney celebrated the women of the Senate today, hosting a luncheon at the Alice Paul Institute in advance of the 100th anniversary of New Jersey ratifying the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.READ MORE »

    “Today was a beautiful celebration, not only of the 19th amendment and how far we have come in the past century, but also a recognition of the incredible women serving in the Senate and the continued fight for women’s rights,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We have to work to sustain the progress already achieved and strive to do more for gender equality. The Alice Paul House is a wonderful part of our state’s history and this was the perfect way to commemorate both her accomplishments and the accomplishments of my fellow legislators. It is an honor to lead a Senate with so many strong, passionate women advocating for the people of New Jersey and empowering the next generation of change-makers.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Speaks on State’s Emerging Industrial Hemp Industry at New Jersey State Agriculture Convention

    Atlantic City – Senate President Steve Sweeney spoke at the State Agricultural Convention last night, expressing his commitment and dedication to New Jersey’s agriculture sector as well as his hopes for the emerging industrial hemp industry in the State, calling hemp the next major cash crop for the Garden State.READ MORE »

    “The agricultural industry has always been a vital facet of our state’s economy and culture. I am proud that last year we were able to establish New Jersey as a national leader for the industrial hemp industry, which has the potential to be the next great cash crop in the Garden State,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Our state was one of the first states to receive USDA authorization for industrial hemp production and with over 25,000 uses for hemp, this is sure to be a boon not only for farmers but for creating jobs, expanding industries and invigorating our economy.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Attends 2020 BioNJ Annual Dinner

    East Brunswick – Senate President Steve Sweeney attended the 2020 BioNJ annual dinner meeting, where he spoke of the many accomplishments and innovations of the New Jersey life sciences community.   READ MORE »

    Senator Sweeney commenced the evening by delivering the opening remarks on the importance of STEM programs within New Jersey as well as the state’s reputation of being a leader within the bio-technology industry.READ MORE »

  • Third District Legislators Announce Multiple Grants for District

    West Deptford – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro announced today grants issued from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for various programs in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.READ MORE »

    The Gateway Community Action Partnership received a $257,818 award from the Community Services Block Grant – Non-Discretionary program to provide funds for health, education, employment, housing and other services benefiting individuals and families with low incomes in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.READ MORE »