In his breakfast keynote, State Senate President Steve Sweeney will outline his vision for addressing New Jersey’s transportation funding crisis, and the need for New Jersey to invest in its transportation infrastructure in order to remain economically competitive in a global economy. These investment needs include not just repairing roads and bridges, but upgrading and expanding our mass transit and rail freight systems and building a new Gateway Tunnel.
Stephen Sweeney decided to enter public life after his daughter Lauren was born with Down Syndrome. A union ironworker by trade and the current general vice president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, Sen. Sweeney has sponsored and supported measures to protect the rights of workers and support organized labor. Seeing firsthand the challenge of caring for a loved one without losing your job, he sponsored the state’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act. He has led the effort to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage and continues to champion fair and equitable wages.
While he was freeholder director in Gloucester County, he helped build schools and established parks that catered to children with disabilities. Sen. Sweeney was born in Camden and since 2002 has represented New Jersey Senate District 3, which encompasses Salem and parts of Cumberland and Gloucester counties. He became Senate president in 2010.