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Senator Madden Tapped To Chair Senate Labor Committee

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey today selected Senator Fred H. Madden to Chair the Senate Labor Committee.

Senator Madden will replace Senator Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic, who was named Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman last week. Senator Sarlo will fill the vacancy being left by current Judiciary Committee Chair John Adler, D-Cherry Hill, when he leaves to join Congress in January. Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham, D-Hudson, will replace Senator Madden as the Labor panel’s Vice Chair.

“I’d like to thank Senator Codey for selecting me to Chair the Senate Labor Committee,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester, who has served in the Senate since 2004. “The continued growth and expansion of business and labor here in New Jersey are of great importance to the State’s economic climate, especially in these tough fiscal times. I am eager to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft policy aimed at strengthening our workforce, and making New Jersey an example to other states of positive partnerships between the State and its business and labor communities.”

“Fred Madden is a natural fit to helm the Senate Labor Committee,” said Senator Codey, D-Essex. “Clearly he has the experience, having already served as Vice Chair. He also has a demonstrated commitment to laws that protect workers’ rights and foster job growth, the bedrock of a healthy workforce.”