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Sweeney Priorities For NJ Senate

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 22, 2014

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (photo by Phil Gregory)

The New Jersey legislature is on a break until after Labor Day. But the Senate's leader is outlining some priorities for lawmakers when they return.

Senate President Steve Sweeney says putting more New Jersey residents back to work should the main focus. He admits that may be tough since Governor Chris Christie has rejected most of the jobs bills the legislature previously passed.

“They have been and we’re going to keep pushing him to give us his ideas because we’re not going to stop thinking and we’re not going to stop pushing, but we would welcome his participation. It would make it work better.”

Sweeney says the future of Atlantic City is also a big concern. He says redirecting the primary focus away from gaming is already underway.

“Las Vegas went through this 20 years ago. Las Vegas’s gaming revenues used to be two-thirds of the total revenues. They’re now one-third. We are in the process of making that transformation ourselves now. These casino closings all at once is a real recognition of the oversaturation of gaming.”

What more lawmakers can do to help Atlantic City rebound will be the topic of discussion next month at a summit of state and local leaders.

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