The resignation of State Sen. Bob Gordon has led to some changes in the New Jersey Senate leadership, with Senate President Steve Sweeney filling Gordon’s posts as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and as as Senate Majority Conference Leader.
Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) will become the new chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Troy Singleton (D-Palmyra) will replace Diegnan as chairman of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is the new conference leader.
“These are talented and hard-working legislators with a record of accomplishment and a commitment to public service,” said Sweeney. “They are taking on challenging responsibilities at a key time for the Legislature and for the State of New Jersey. I have full confidence in their ability to help move the state forward with an agenda for progress.
Sweeney also announced that Gopal will serve as chairman of the bi-partisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus.
“Senator Diegnan will lead the Transportation Committee at a time of pressing needs for transportation reforms and improvements, Senator Singleton will assume responsibility for issues of importance to the veterans who have served our country with courage and sacrifice, and Senator Gopal will help manage the flow of bills and the work of the Senate Democratic Caucus and lead the efforts of the Manufacturing Caucus at a time when we are addressing so many demanding priorities. We will all work as a team with our legislative colleagues,” the Senate President said.
Singleton and Gopal were both elected to the Senate last November. Singleton, a former Assemblyman who works for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, is a close political ally of Sweeney. The decision to put Gopal into a leadership post helps cement Sweeney’s relationship with the former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman who unseated an three-term Republican incumbent.
Gordon is slated to join the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to include Senator Sweeney’s comments.