Sweeney will stay out of Alvarez probe

Senate President Steve Sweeney started to steer clear of the Select Committee’s investigation into Gov. Phil Murphy’s hiring of former Schools Development Authority Al Alvarez this week, much as he did during the Select Committee investigation into Bridgegate. On Monday, when the legislature formally created the more recent Select Committee, Sweeney deferred a number of questions, including ones on the timeline and scope of the investigation to Senate Majority Leader

Select Committee will have subpoena power

The Select Committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez will have subpoena power, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Wednesday. “Due to the sensitive nature of the issues, we anticipate everyone called to testify will willingly comply," the two said in a joint statement. "While we hope there will be no need to invoke the power, we thought it best to reserve the right to

MacArthur: Booker bill completely partisan

Count Rep. Tom MacArthur among the Republicans opposing a bill sponsored by State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin that would allow candidates to run for the presidency and another federal office at the same time. “I think they're passing a completely partisan bill to benefit one U.S. Senator,” MacArthur said. “I wasn't aware that we made laws today just to benefit one person. My focus has always

Bond ballot question has wide support

Legislative, business, higher education and union leaders on Monday reiterated their support for a bond package for school safety and vocational training programs that’ll be on the ballot in November. The ballot question has widespread, bipartisan support among the state’s politerati – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sens. Vin Gopal and Steve Oroho spoke on behalf of the program, as did Bill Mullen, president of the