25 May: Codey Announces Support For Ballot Measure To Ensure Long-Term Property Tax Relief

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today announced that he has agreed to support a constitutional amendment dedicating a full penny of the statewide sales tax to long-term annual property tax relief for residents as proposed by Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts.

“This shows the people of this state that we are dedicated to having this program available year after year and that this is not just some election-year gimmick,” said Sen. Codey. “Residents deserve the peace of mind knowing that significant relief will be delivered annually and will not be threatened by annual budget fluctuations.”

07 Mar: Turner Measure To Establish Lieutenant Governor’s Passes Committee

TRENTON – New Jersey voters are one step closer to choosing a Lieutenant Governor as a measure sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner to create the Office of Lieutenant Governor received Senate committee approval today.

“It is clearly time for New Jersey to bring its gubernatorial line of succession up to date,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “Given the fact that in the last five years we have more Acting Governors than Governors elected by the entire state, there is a definite need for an elected Lieutenant Governor in New Jersey. The people of this state deserve to have a say in who serves in the Governor’s place when he must leave office early.”

13 Dec: Lieutenant Governor Bill Introduced In The Senate

TRENTON – The first New Jersey Lieutenant Governor could be elected in November of 2009 under a bipartisan bill introduced today in the New Jersey Senate.

“It’s clear that New Jersey needs a structural improvement to its succession procedures for the Office of Governor,” said Senator Shirley K. Turner, prime Democratic sponsor of the reform legislation. “Fortunately, we’ve had two able Senate Presidents who were highly capable at filling in for departing Governors, but we can’t always count on having leaders like (current Senate President and Acting Governor) Dick Codey and (former Senate President and Acting Gov.) Don DiFrancesco.”