To push his first-term agenda, Republican Governor Chris Christie had no greater booster than Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey’s top-ranking elected Democrat.
New Jersey Senate Democrats proposed a rival to Governor Chris Christie’s budget plan that would make a full pension payment while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
Democrats who control New Jersey’s Legislature won’t seek to increase Governor Chris Christie’s $29.3 billion budget as they make changes and approve it by the June 30 deadline, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney reached agreement on an overhaul of state pensions and benefits, according to two people with knowledge of the accord.
New Jersey revenue hasn’t been high enough to justify approving Republican Governor Chris Christie’s tax-cut proposal, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.
"It's so rare to get a unanimous vote in two houses, let alone four houses in two states."
- Stephen Sweeney on Dec 30, 2014