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Sweeney doesn’t feel snubbed over lack of convention speaking role

Absence of speeches from state’s top legislative Democrats ‘not unusual,’ senate president says

By Nikita Biryukov, August 17 2020 11:40 am

Senate President Steve Sweeney isn’t lamenting his lack of a speaking role at the Democratic National Committee’s convention.

“No, not even a little bit,” Sweeney said when asked if he felt snubbed. “I didn’t go to Denver. I went to Philly and I went to Charlotte, and I didn’t speak at those things, not that I remember. I would think it’s basically our U.S. officials and the governor, you know what I mean?”

Neither Sweeney nor Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin are among the officials slated to give mostly-remote speeches to New Jersey’s Democrats over the next week, though a representative for the Democratic State Committee on Sunday told the New Jersey Globe speaking schedules had not been finalized.

“Honest to God, that’s not unusual,” the senate president said.

Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark), Democratic State Chairman John Currie, and Reps. Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Donald Payne (D-Newark) and Albio Sires (D-West New York) delivered electronic addresses at a delegate breakfast Monday morning.

Tuesday’s delegate breakfast will feature speeches from First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Democratic State Vice Chair Peg Schaffer, and House candidates Amy Kennedy and Stephanie Schmid.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) will speak at Wednesday’s breakfast event, while U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) and Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) will speak at a similar event Thursday Morning.

Murphy will host an outdoors in-person reception for delegates Thursday evening.

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