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Steve Sweeney

NJ Legislature
New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Transportation, economy top New Jersey Senate’s summer agenda

The New Jersey Assembly is not expected to return to Trenton for committee hearings and voting sessions until the fall. The state Senate, however, is not getting a summer break.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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For Republicans, there’s life after Christie, says Sweeney

As New Jersey's deadline approaches to have a balanced budget in place, a showdown is brewing between Democrats and Republicans.

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Minimum Wage Debate Continues in NJ [AUDIO]

Last November's minimum wage amendment was overwhelmingly approved by the voters of New Jersey. The prime sponsor of the legislation is now doing a victory lap touting the success of the wage hike, but critics said it's far too early to claim victory.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeney: We’ll Be Able to Reach a Budget Deal [AUDIO]

Will New Jersey's revenue shortfall affect the ability of state officials to hammer out a final budget deal? State Senate President Steve Sweeney doesn't think so.

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Dems: NJ Can’t Afford Tax Cut Right Now [AUDIO]

Senate President Steve Sweeney talked about a variety of issues related to the state budget, including the possibility of reviving a revenue boosting bill that Gov. Christie has already vetoed three times.

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(Credit: Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, speaks during a State House press conference regarding a bill that would  limit the legal capacity of ammunition magazines in NJ to 10.
(Credit: Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ) Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, speaks during a State House press conference regarding a bill that would limit the legal capacity of ammunition magazines in NJ to 10.
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Tearful Senate Prez Has Change of Heart on Ammo Clips [AUDIO/VIDEO]

During a tearful press conference at the State House involving families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, NJ Senate Pres. Steve Sweeney changed his position on a bill pertaining to ammunition magazines for firearms.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney hosts 'Sandy Bill of Rights' tour
Senate President Steve Sweeney hosts 'Sandy Bill of Rights' tour (Townsquare Media)
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“Sandy Bill of Rights” Tour Underway [AUDIO]

As Superstorm Sandy victims continue to voice their frustrations about the recovery process, the leader of the state Senate is pushing for legislation that should make the process more "user-friendly."

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Sweeney: Christie’s Sandy Aid ‘Colossal Failure’

New Jersey's Senate president says the Christie administration's handling of Superstorm Sandy aid has been "a colossal failure."

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Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie
Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie (Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)
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NJ Sen Prez Threatens Government Shut down [AUDIO]

This year could see a repeat of 2006 when New Jersey's state government operations shut down because a budget deal wasn't reached by the constitutionally mandated midnight June 30 deadline.

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Governor Christie (played by Bobby Moynihan) interviewed by Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) on Saturday Night Live
Governor Christie (played by Bobby Moynihan) interviewed by Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
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Senate President: Bridgegate Hurting NJ’s Image

It actually seemed like the Garden State's reputation was improving. With the popular, tough-talking Gov. Chris Christie at the helm, New Jersey's days as the laughingstock of the nation appeared to be fading, but that was before Bridgegate.

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