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Oroho replaces Bucco as Senate Minority Budget officer

Kean adds Bateman to new Education committee seat

By David Wildstein, January 02 2019 12:02 pm

Steven Oroho and Anthony Bucco will switch places when the New Jersey Senate Republicans return for the second half of the current legislative session.

Oroho (R-Franklin) will be the new Senate Minority Budget Officer, while Bucco (R-Boonton) will become the Minority Conference Leader.

Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. announced the new appointments in a press release issues today.

The move is considered a promotion for Oroho, who is widely viewed as the leading candidate to become minority leader if Kean decides to challenge Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) next year.

Kean could either give up his leadership post entirely when the Senate reorganizes after the 2019 mid-term elections, or wait to see if he wins a race for Congress.

When Kean’s father ran for governor in 1977, he gave up his job as Assembly Minority Leader six months before the Republican primary.

Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) will continue as Deputy Minority Leader, and Chris Brown (D-Ventnor) will remain as Deputy Minority Conference Leader.  Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) stays on as Minority Whip, and Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham) continues as the Deputy Minority Whip.

Kean also announced that State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) will serve on the Senate Education Committee.  Senate President Steve Sweeney announced last week that he has enlarged that panel, giving Republicans an additional seat.

Bucco will join the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens committee, and Doherty now has a seat on the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

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