English: James Florio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NEW JERSEY (March 6, 2017)--Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio released the following statement today endorsing Steve Sweeney, for re-election to the New Jersey Senate and for Senate President.
"Throughout Steve Sweeney’s career as an elected official, he has fought hard to make government more efficient, to reduce property taxes and to create jobs. As President of the New Jersey Senate, he has provided honest and effective leadership on the most difficult of issues including pension reform, school funding, and transportation infrastructure. For these reasons, I endorse Steve for re-election to the New Jersey Senate and for Senate President."
"Steve’s recent efforts to protect and to fund New Jersey’s pension system reflects his courage to lead and his commitment to ensuring the financial health of the state’s pension system. State workers who rely on the pension system to support themselves and their families have a champion in Steve. Thanks to his leadership, the state is now required to make quarterly contributions to the pension system thereby preventing governors from skipping payments in the future. I am certain that if re-elected, Steve will sponsor additional laws that will help to preserve the pension system."
"Steve has also shown his leadership skills in reforming New Jersey’s school funding system. He is leading the effort to pass the School Funding Reform Act that will provide full funding to all school districts in New Jersey. For too long, the distribution of state aid to school districts has been lopsided with many districts being underfunded. Steve’s efforts will ensure that our students get the support necessary for a quality education and will relieve local taxpayers of an unfair burden."
"Steve has also been extraordinarily effective in sponsoring and passing legislation aimed at the preservation and creation of jobs in New Jersey. He has a keen insight into how to create jobs and how to create programs in job training. Thousands of jobs have been preserved and created thanks to Steve’s leadership."
"New Jersey deserves a leader like Steve Sweeney. I wholeheartedly endorse him for re-election to his Senate Seat and to the Seat of Senate President.