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Reveille for Sweeney: Three Bills Reveal New Levels of Complexity

By Max Pizarro | January 2, 2020, 3:34 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) unique powers of juggling the often cross purposes of labor, in addition to the state’s financial troubles, the politics of a bicameral legislature, a party divide on the heels of a bad year for South Jersey Democrats, and his own lingering (in this case probably inevitable) bitternesses, will be tested in the coming weeks and likely months as he specifically handles three complex and stalled labor bills.

An ironworker by trade, Sweeney has always shouldered the labors of labor with a particular sense of movement relish, even if his brothers and sisters on the public sector side of the equation began calling for his ejection from the ranks as early as the mid 200o’s, long before he landed the senate presidency in 2009. But at his ten year mark leading the senate, and arguably himself in a less than commanding position in the aftermath of a party chairmanship fight that occurred without the input of his region, Sweeney faces herculean tasks indicative of fractures in his professional franchise far beyond the usually easy to identify Building Trades versus public sector variety…

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