Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) will remain as Deputy Senate Majority Leader when the upper house reorganizes on January 11.
Incoming Senate President Nicholas Scutari announced Sarlo’s appointment on Wednesday.
“Senator Sarlo’s expertise on financial and economic issues is of critical importance as we work to contend with challenging fiscal conditions,” Scutari said. “He has been a steady hand during times of economic uncertainty, managing the state budget and the financial aspects of the full range of policies.”
It’s not immediately clear whether Sarlo will be the only deputy majority leader or is Scutari will also select a replacement for Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City), who also holds the post. Cunningham has been picked to serve as Senate President Pro-Tempore for the next legislative session.
Scutari praised Sarlo’s fiscal experience.
“He knows how to find savings and efficiencies, understands the importance of affordability for small businesses and working families,” stated Scutari. “He will be a key player with the fiscal issues that are more important than ever.”
Sarlo won an Assembly seat in 2001 and moved up to the Senate when Garry Furnari (D-Nutley) resigned to become a Superior Court Judge. He has served as Deputy Majority Leader since 2018 and was the Majority Whip from 2008 to 2017.