Codey Announces Bryant Decision To Step Down From Budget Committee; Majority Leader Kenny To Assume Post

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today announced that state Senator Wayne R. Bryant (D-Camden) will be temporarily stepping down from his position as chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In light of this decision, Senator Codey announced that he has appointed Senator Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. (D-Hudson), the Senate Majority Leader, to assume the position effective today.

“After careful consideration and discussion, Senator Bryant and I agreed that this decision was in the best interest of everyone involved,” said Senator Codey. “Until such time as this issue resolves itself, I am confident that our Majority Leader, Bernie Kenny, will represent the people well in this capacity.”

Senator Bryant sent a letter to the Senate President this morning informing him of his decision to temporarily step down and requesting that an interim chairperson be appointed.