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  • Sweeney Applauds Selection of Sheila Oliver As Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate

    Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today applauding Phil Murphy’s selection of Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor:READ MORE »

    “One of the most important decisions a gubernatorial candidate makes is the selection of a running mate who will work on a successful campaign and who possesses the skills and abilities to serve as New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor. Phil Murphy made a wise decision in choosing Sheila Oliver.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Statement on ‘Komninos’ Law’

    TRENTON –Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today in support of Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to “Komninos’ Law” (A-2503/S-516):READ MORE »

    “I want to thank the advocates, the individuals and the families who have stayed engaged on this issue and have worked to find a solution that will be effective in providing safety standards and accountability for the care and treatment of those with disabilities. I also want to thank the Governor for his thoughtful consideration of the concerns of the advocates and his willingness to work out a plan that meets those needs. This legislation will help provide the safeguards and protections to prevent the abuse, the mistreatment or the neglect of those with developmental disabilities who are in the care of others. That is our shared priority.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Honored for Leadership on Vocational Education

    Monroe Township – Senate President Steve Sweeney was honored for his longstanding commitment to vocational education in New Jersey and his success in providing support for Vo-Tech schools throughout the state. The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools presented Senator Sweeney with its Career and Technical Education Leadership Award today at its summer meeting in Monroe Township.READ MORE »

    “Vocational education is a key part of the educational opportunities we must make available to students in New Jersey,” said Senator Sweeney. “These schools provide job skills and training that can prepare them for good jobs. In today’s rapidly-evolving economy, vocational programs are more important than ever. We cannot afford to overlook Vo-Tech programs as we continue to work to improve educational opportunities.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Lauds PSE&G for Commitment & Contributions To NJ

    Salem – Speaking at a PSE&G forum for potential suppliers, Senate President Steve Sweeney today praised the state’s largest producers of gas and electric service for its contributions to New Jersey’s economy and its commitment to diversity. Addressing PSE&G’s Annual Salem Supplier Diversity Procurement Fair, Senator Sweeney said the company’s role as one of the largest employers in New Jersey and a key supplier of energy demonstrates the value of corporate responsibility and community engagement.READ MORE »

    The Annual Salem Supplier Diversity Procurement Fair is used to sustain and enhance diversity among the company’s supply chain. The event provides attendees the opportunity to network with prospective clients looking for specific products and services.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Joins With Bridgeton Educators & Local Officials To Mark Funding Increase

    Bridgeton – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assemblyman John Burzichelli joined with local officials, educators and others in a community forum to mark the increase in school funding for the Bridgeton School District as the result of the successful effort to include the school funding reform plan in the new state budget.READ MORE »

    The Legislature and the governor approved a new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes an increased $150 million in school aid statewide as well as the reallocation of $30 million to underfunded districts as the first step towards full funding. Bridgeton will realize an immediate increase of $2.2 million for the 2017/18 school year.READ MORE »

  • Governor Signs Sweeney Bill That Honors Former Naval Officer

    TRENTON – The governor has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that honors a former Naval officer killed by a drunk driver by naming a section of a state highway in his name.READ MORE »

    The law, S-3239, designates the portion of U.S. Highway Route 40, in Upper Pittsgrove Township as the “John R. Elliott HERO Campaign Way” in honor of John Elliot, a graduate of the Naval Academy, who was struck and killed by a drunken driver on his way home for his mother’s birthday. The driver had been arrested on DUI charges and released only to get back in the car drunk, killing himself and Elliott.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Joins With Educators & Local Officials In Kingsway To Mark Funding Increase

    Woolwich – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro joined with local officials, educators and others today in a community forum to mark the increase in school funding for the Kingsway Regional School System as the result of the successful effort to include the school funding reform plan in the new state budget.READ MORE »

    The Legislature and the governor approved a new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes an increased $150 million in school aid statewide as well as the reallocation of $30 million to underfunded districts as the first step towards full funding. Kingsway will realize an immediate increase of $732, 244 for the 2017/18 school year.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Welcomes Responsiveness To Plan To Pay State Workers for Shutdown

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today welcomed the Governor’s willingness to act swiftly to protect state employees from losing pay for the time they were prevented from working because of the government shutdown by pledging to sign legislation the Senate plans to approve on Thursday.READ MORE »

    “I welcome the Governor’s willingness to see that state employees are not penalized by losing pay for the time they were prevented from doing their jobs,” said Senator Sweeney. “I want to thank the Governor for his responsiveness when we discussed the importance of acting on this. We want to act swiftly so that there is no uncertainty in the minds of public employees who rely on their paychecks to support themselves and their families.”READ MORE »

  • Senate to Act on Bill Protecting State Workers From Lost Pay During Shutdown

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney announced today that the Senate will meet next week to act on legislation to protect state employees from losing pay during the brief government shutdown.READ MORE »

    The bill, to be considered by the Senate Thursday, will be sponsored by Senate President Sweeney and Senator Linda Greenstein.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney: State budget we negotiated is best in 10 years | Opinion

    The following Op-Ed originally appearedhere in the Star-Ledger.READ MORE »

    The New Jersey state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Christie is the best in the last 10 years — and, it’s just the beginning of what we will be able to accomplish in the years ahead with the election of a Democratic governor and Legislature in November.READ MORE »

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