Sweeney: ‘Responsive Government– Not Applause From Fawning, Hand-Picked Crowds – Should Be Our Goal’

TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) today released the following statement regarding the series of reforms proposed by Gov. Chris Christie:

“The Governor’s proposals will be thoroughly reviewed and discussed by the caucus. At first read, there appear to be areas of likely agreement.

“However, if the Governor is truly committed – and not just seeking headlines on a different topic – he should immediately order his political lieutenants to open the books of Reform Jersey Now, their campaign-finance-law-exempt advocacy group. The longer the Governor allows this group to operate outside of our state’s election and ethics laws, the more his agenda will appear to be just another exercise in ‘do as I say, not as I do.’

“As the Governor embarks on his season-long road show, I would encourage him to come and sit with the Legislature to craft a bipartisan reform package that we could take together to the people of New Jersey.

“Responsive government, a reinvigorated economy and stronger schools – not applause from fawning, hand-picked crowds – should be our goal.”