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Stephen M. Sweeney
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Steve Sweeney is the New Jersey Senate President. He was first elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001. Serving as Senate President since January 2010, he has taken a leading role in promoting property tax relief and refocusing the New Jersey’s fiscal priorities. In 2011 he proposed sweeping reforms to the public employee pension and health benefits systems that will save taxpayers over $120 billion over a 30-year period. Senate President Sweeney was also instrumental in crafting the state’s new 2-percent property tax cap and leading efforts to reform the state’s public employee pension and benefits laws, and in efforts to reform the arbitration procedures for police and fire contract disputes.

An ironworker by trade, Senate President Sweeney has been a strong advocate for organized labor and the rights of workers. He has sponsored laws to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and create the state’s Paid Family Leave program.

A tireless advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, Senate President Sweeney sponsored laws that removed references to “retardation” in state statutes and created a statewide registry of offenders who abused individuals with developmental disabilities.

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The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 6:24 PM

The attempts by the school board of Jefferson County, Colorado to erase significant chunks of our nations' history has not gone unnoticed.

I want to make it perfectly clear to the people behind this movement that this will never happen in New Jersey as long as I...

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Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:33 PM

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

As New Jersey Senate president, I had the honor of being there every step of the way, from the announcement...

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Happy 6th Birthday to New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Program

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:20 PM

My daughter, Lauren, was born with Down syndrome. When she was first born, I could basically hold her in one hand. She spent the first two and a half months of her life in intensive care.

To be there -- day in and day out -- and to see your...

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N.J. Minimum Wage Hike Mirrors National Divide Between Parties

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Critics of raising New Jersey's minimum wage predicted an economic catastrophe if Democrats decided to ensure the state's working class families got a fair paycheck for a day's work. Jobs would be cut and employers would flee the state, they warned.

But now, months after the state's minimum wage was...

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Chris Christie's State of the State: Nice Rhetoric, No Beef

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Governor Christie's State of the State was long on rhetoric, but short on ideas. It reminded me of that old Wendy's commercial: "Where's The Beef?" The governor had a unique opportunity to map out a vision for New Jersey moving forward. He failed badly to do so, and as a...

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'Right-to-work' Drains Middle Class

(89) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:34 PM

I believe people enjoy the benefits that the labor movement has provided us: weekends, holidays, fair wages, and safe work environments. It is for that reason that I am firmly opposed to the Tea Party reform movement called "Right-to-Work." This so called reform spearheaded by fringe elements has led to...

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Rebuilding After Sandy: It's About Building Smart

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Last week, I saw firsthand the damage and destruction that devastated the shore. New Jersey institutions like the Seaside Heights' boardwalk decimated, and homes ripped from their foundations. Neither pictures nor press accounts can do justice to what it looks like there and in other parts of the state.

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Chris Christie's Gay Marriage Veto: We're Going to Override It

(2170) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 9:42 AM

New Jersey nearly made it to the finish line. Unfortunately, a governor driven by national ambition derailed the fight for equality and fairness. But Governor Christie's veto only delayed the day and time when we finally establish marriage equality in the Garden State -- because it is going to happen...

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