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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Sweeney postpones first EDA select committee hearing

Senate President says he wants chamber’s votes to be done before select committee’s hearings

By Nikita Biryukov, June 21 2019 4:37 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney on announced that the first meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies would be postponed until after the Senate finished its other business.

“After speaking with Chairman Smith, we have decided to postpone the first meeting of the committee until the general business of the legislature has concluded and the committee members are able to devote, entirely, their attention to the task of the committee. A new date for the first meeting will be announced shortly,” Sweeney said.

State Sen. Bob Smith chairs the select committee.

The committee was slated to meet Monday and hear testimony from former State Sens. Raymond Lesniak and Joe Kyrillos, Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan and two panels of business groups and construction union officials.

Sweeney said lawmakers expected to be done voting for the summer after Thursday’s Senate session, but that was not the case.

“Our expectation as we entered this week was that June 20th would be our final legislative voting session before the summer recess, and therefore we would be able to focus solely on the Special Committee on June 24th,” Sweeney said. “Instead, it was clear yesterday that we would need one more session day in order to fully conclude the business of the Senate.”

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