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Senate President Steve Sweeney. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Sweeney re-elected Senate President; Weinberg and Ruiz returned to leadership posts

In January, Sweeney will become the longest-serving Senate President in NJ history

By David Wildstein, November 07 2019 1:21 pm

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Steve Sweeney has been re-elected to an unprecedented sixth term as Senate President,
After the Senate reorganizes in January, Steve Sweeney will set the record for the longest-serving Senate President in New Jersey history.

Sweeney was re-elected to an unprecedented sixth term today, with Loretta Weinberg returning as Majority Leader and Teresa Ruiz as President Pro-Tempore.

Republican Donald DiFrancesco served ten years as Senate President, from 1992 to 2002.  He also served as Governor of New Jersey for eleven months in 2001 and 2002.

“I am grateful for the unified support of my Democratic colleagues and proud to have the opportunity to continue to work with a distinguished team of leaders and an extraordinary group of senators,” said Sweeney. “We face real challenges ahead, but we also have the opportunity to address the priorities and needs of the people in meaningful ways. We have a strong caucus that is united in its determination to move the state forward with financially responsible policies that make New Jersey more affordable.”

Democrats lost a Senate seat on Tuesday with the defeated of Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) in the mid-term elections.  State Sen.-elect Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) will take office as soon the results are certified, possibly as early as next week.

Once Testa is sworn in, Democrats will return to a 25-15 majority.  Their numbers swelled this year after State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) switched parties.

Sweeney became Senate President after the 2009 elections, ousting former Gov. Richard Codey.

Weinberg took the Majority Leader post in 2011 after Senate Democrats replaced Barbara Buono.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their confidence and for the opportunity to serve the caucus as Majority Leader for another term,” said Weinberg. “Senate Democrats are committed to addressing the pressing issues that face our state’s residents and to improving the lives of children, working families and the most vulnerable in New Jersey. The members of our caucus represent a diverse cross section of our state. They are hard-working and steadfast in their commitment to fight for the policies that our residents deserve.”

Ruiz, who also chairs the Senate Education Committee, said she was honored to be chose again by her colleagues for a leadership post.

“I am proud to be a part of our leadership team and our caucus, which is committed to addressing the challenges facing families across the state and improving the quality of life for all residents,” Ruiz said.

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