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Former Senate President Steve Sweeney. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Sweeney doesn’t expect to rebut Murphy’s address, but he might

Senate president: ‘I got to see what he says’

By Nikita Biryukov, January 14 2020 2:11 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney said he didn’t expect to give a rebuttal to Gov. Phil Murphy’s state of the state, but he didn’t rule out the possibility.

“A rebuttal to the state of the state? I doubt it,” the senate president said. “I got to see what he says. Listen, you’d be looking for me if he says something, right? You’d be chasing me down.”

Murphy is set to give his second state of the state address at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

While the governor’s address is expected to mainly be a reselling of his progressive agenda, he’ll also touch on ethics reforms concerning the legislature, among a slew of issues that may prove more controversial within the Trenton bubble.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, Assemblyman John DiMaio, Assemblyman Ned Thomson and Assemblyman Hal Wirths have already scheduled their rebuttal for immediately after Murphy’s speech.

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