• New Law Will Allow Chambers Works To Regain Ability To Fully Operate Treatment Facility

    TRENTON – The Governor today signed legislation that will allow the Chemours Chambers Works wastewater facility to again fully operate, restarting a treatment facility that had operated for decades.READ MORE »

    The law, S-879, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro will update the definition of an existing hazardous waste facility in state law to allow the Chemours facility at its Chambers Works site in Salem County to resume taking off-site materials for treatment.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Praises Budget Agreement

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement today on the agreement reached on the state budget:READ MORE »

    “I want to thank Governor Murphy, Speaker Coughlin and the leadership teams from the Senate and Assembly for all their hard work and commitment. We have reached an agreement on a budget that we can all embrace and that will address our shared priorities. It embodies the values of Democrats and will serve the needs and best interests of the people of New Jersey.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Attends Hard Rock Opening

    Atlantic City – Senate President Steve Sweeney participated in the grand opening ceremonies of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City this morning where he lauded the positive impact the newly-opened casino and the new Ocean Resort Casino will add to the gaming sector and to the Atlantic City region.READ MORE »

    “There is renewed life and a growing sense of optimism in Atlantic City,” said Senator Sweeney. “Two new casinos are opening and Stockton University’s new campus will open this fall. This means more jobs, more economic activity and the expansion of the state’s gaming sector. Hard Rock brings a well-known name to Atlantic City’s casinos that will help expand the city’s appeal.”READ MORE »

  • Senate Approves Sweeney Legislation to Provide Fair and Full Funding to All School Districts

    TRENTON – The Senate today approved landmark legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney to restore fairness to the state’s school aid formula by eliminating “growth caps” to provide proper funding to districts with growing enrollments and establishing a seven-year phase-out of  the “adjustment aid” that continues to compensate districts for students they no longer have.READ MORE »

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  • Sweeney Tours Abilities Solutions, an Organization that Helps Persons With Disabilities Find Employment

    WESTVILLE – Speaking today after touring Abilities Solutions, Senate President Steve Sweeney praised the work of the South Jersey sheltered workshop.READ MORE »

    “This place is close to my heart,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Sheltered workshops offer employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, like my daughter. They provide a safe work environment that showcases the abilities persons with disabilities possess. Abilities Solutions is needed in South Jersey, as are other such organizations across the state. That is why I will not allow funding for sheltered workshops to be cut from this year’s budget and why the Legislature’s budget adds $5 million more for them than did the governor’s.”READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Statement on Passing of Senator Jim Whelan

    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement on the passing of state Senator Jim Whelan:READ MORE »

    “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Senator Jim Whelan. Jim was a true friend, a confidant and champion for the people of South Jersey and the entire state. He gave so much of his life to public service, serving as a teacher, a councilman, as mayor, and for more than a decade in the Legislature fighting for policies to help improve the lives of the residents of the state. He was a man of integrity and honor, and he was a friend to all of us.READ MORE »

  • Sweeney Joins In Ribbon Cutting for Salem Community College Facility Named to Honor 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year

    Carney’s Point – Senate President Steve Sweeney recently joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the 2017 George Reese Community Room at Salem Community College. The facility is sponsored by the Salem County Chamber of Commerce and each year named for an individual for his or her contribution to the community.READ MORE »

    “This unique project highlights the outstanding work of residents in the county, and also serves to inspire others to make a positive difference in whatever way they can,” said Senator Sweeney. “For Salem Community College students, the George Reese Community Room will serve as a space to promote all the county has to offer, including the businesses that are located in the area and the kinds of job opportunities that are available upon graduation. I want to congratulate this year’s award recipient and look forward to seeing great things to come from each class of SCC graduates.”READ MORE »


    TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Legislative Oversight Committee Chair Bob Gordon today praised John Degnan’s leadership at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and endorsed the selection of former Senator Kevin O’Toole to replace him as Port Authority chair.READ MORE »

    “New Jersey has had no better champion than John Degnan,” said Senate President Sweeney (D-Gloucester). “In his two years as Port Authority chair, John fought successfully with us to return the Port Authority to its core transportation mission, from building a new Port Authority Bus Terminal to taking the lead role in planning the new Gateway Rail Tunnels. I have full confidence that Kevin O’Toole will build on John’s legacy of championing the best interests of commuters on both sides of the Hudson River.”READ MORE »

  • 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 »