Tuesday, April 23, 2013
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney will address Rowan University's 88th graduating class.
Tuesday, April 23
Rowan University submitted the following news release: New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney will be the keynote speaker at Rowan University's 88th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Glassboro campus' University Green. "Senator Sweeney has been an ardent supporter of the University and instrumental in helping transform our institution and the region," said Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan University's president. "Our graduating seniors can learn much from Senator Sweeney about vision and leadership from his anything-is-possible outlook." Sweeney, who represents the 3rd Legislative District, was first elected to the State Senate in 2001 and has served as its president since 2010. He sponsored the New …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Niki Trunk resigned her state job, a move some see as a precursor to running against West Deptford's Stephen Sweeney for the 3rd District state Senate seat, PolitickerNJ reports.
A Republican challenger for state Senate President Stephen Sweeney's seat might be making moves toward declaring candidacy, PolitickerNJ reports. The political news website reported Niki Trunk resigned from the state comptroller's office, a move thought to be tied to running for the state Senate's 3rd District seat. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, has held the district seat since 2002. He took over as president of the state Senate in 2010. Sweeney recently announced he wouldn't challenge incumbent Chris Christie for the governor's seat, saying it was more important to keep the Legislature under Democratic control. Trunk previously served as deputy mayor in Harrison Township. She stepped down when her elected position conflicted with a …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sweeney bows of the out of the race before it starts, saying his attention is needed to keep Democrats in control of the state Legislature.
Stephen M. Sweeney, the state Senate president and West Deptford resident, decided not to run for governor this year. Sweeney said on his Facebook page that his focus will center on keeping a Democratic majority in the state Legislature: After careful consideration and much deliberation, I will not be a candidate for governor in 2013. I've decided my work now needs to be focused on ensuring the Legislature remains in Democratic control. Is there any question about the havoc and pain a Republican Legislature would inflict on the middle class, labor, women and our seniors? For over a decade, New Jersey voters have ensured we have a strong Democratic majority in both houses and I view it as absolutely essential and my job to keep that streak …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The state Senate president accuses West Deptford officials of engaging in a "quid pro quo" for agreeing to settle tax appeals filed by the owners of Eagle Point refinery.
In the latest blow in the bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats in West Deptford, state Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney is suing his hometown government over a tax-appeals settlement he contends was illegal. Sweeney, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit in state Superior Court in Woodbury on Oct. 25. The complaint names the township, Mayor Raymond Chintall, the township committee and the owners of Eagle Point refinery as defendants. The lawsuit alleges that the Republican-controlled township made a $13.1 million settlement payment earlier this year to resolve years of tax appeals filed by Sunoco, owner of the shuttered refinery (the initial settlement amount was $15 million.) The township made a separate $18.5 million payment to Coastal, the …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
West Deptford's mayor and township solicitor come out strongly against state Sen. Stephen Sweeney's allegations that the Eagle Point refinery settlement is illegal.
Allegations by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney that West Deptford’s Sunoco settlement runs afoul of the law hold no water, township officials say. Sweeney released a letter Thursday addressed to both the state attorney general’s office and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection calling for both departments to investigate whether West Deptford violated a state law when reimbursing $13.1 million in tax refunds to Sunoco. Sweeney alleged that, according to the law, the township was obligated to escrow the money with the DEP to ensure environmental remediation. Giving the money directly to Sunoco violates the state law, he said. But West Deptford Mayor Raymond Chintall called Sweeney’s move politically motivated. “This is…
Friday, October 26, 2012
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney pens a letter to both the state attorney general and NJ DEP alleging illegal tax reimbursement from the township.
With elections gearing up, the Sunoco-owned Eagle Point refinery tax appeals settlement has found itself at the center of much political debate in West Deptford. That got kicked up a notch this week with accusations from New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney. In a letter dated Oct. 24, Sweeney called for the state attorney general’s office and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to investigate the township on grounds that the reimbursement of $13.1 million to Sunoco was illegal, according to recently passed legislation. Sweeney’s letter alleges the reimbursement violates a law signed by Gov. Chris Christie on July 9. Sweeney says in accordance with the law, property tax refunds should have been escrowed with the DEP. All …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Senate President Stephen Sweeney appeared at Rowan's South Jersey Tech Park on Wednesday to promote passage of a higher education bond that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Rowan University's South Jersey Tech Park is one of the most sophisticated research facilities at any college in the state. However, in terms of size, it is rather small. As a matter of fact, it consists of just one lonely building surrounded by acres and acres of open land. However, the school is hoping that with the passage of the state's higher education bond referendum on election day, South Jersey Tech Park could be a lot bigger in the near future. New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney appeared with Rowan University President Ali Houshmand on Wednesday afternoon to tour the school's Tech Park. The stop was the second of three on the day for Sweeney. He appeared at Richard Stockton College in the morning, and was slated to tour …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The state Senate president lashes out at a tweet by political commentator Ann Coulter that described President Obama as a "retard."
Update, 10:20 p.m., Oct. 26: State Senate President Stephen Sweeney released a video statement on Ann Coulter's use of "retard" in a tweet. Click on the video to view. ---------- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney voiced his outrage Tuesday about a tweet by conservative political commentator Ann Coulter during the Oct. 22 presidential debate. At one point during the debate, Coulter tweeted, "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard." Her words drew the ire of many, including Sweeney, a Democratic state senator who sponsored legislation to remove the word "retard" from New Jersey laws and regulations in 2010. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, also has a daughter who attends school in the Gloucester …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The state Senate approved a 2013 referendum raising the minimum wage and tying it to yearly increases. Now voters could get a say.
A proposal to raise the state's minimum wage could bypass Gov. Chris Christie and go directly to voters. During Monday's state Senate hearings, Senate President Steve Sweeney, who lives in West Deptford, received preliminary support in calling for a Constitutional amendment allowing for an increased minimum wage. The measure would also tie future annual increases to national economic data. The initiative would be placed on the 2013 ballot for voter approval. Sweeney's proposal, which was approved by committee 7-6, would effectively remove Christie from the approval process. Christie had previously indicated he would not sign a bill that included automatic indexed adjustments, according to a report on NJ.com. “For years, New Jersey has …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
In this letter to the editor, the writer says South Jersey Democrats, including those in West Deptford, are on the wrong course.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
To the Editor: There was an article in the Gloucester County Times a few weeks ago (September 1, 2012 front page) where Steve Sweeney was quoted by saying we must “punish our enemies” in regard to this upcoming election. Punish? Enemies? Is there a Civil War? I would hope as a leader his thoughts would be “How we can work together?” In this economy, a leader should be striving to work together instead of talk of punishment and enemies. This reminds me of his statement last November when Denice DiCarlo and Hunter Kintzing lost their bid at West Deptford Township Committee and the next day Mr. Sweeney “vowed to work to restore Democrats to power next year.” (WD Patch November 9, 2011) Additionally, in the Gloucester County Times , September …