Whelan will chair State Government Committee

State Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) is slated to become the new chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, according to sources familiar with the legislative transition process.  Whelan will succeed Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), who will be Judiciary Chairman after Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) moves to Appropriations to replace Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen), the new Senate Majority Leader.  Incoming Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) will eliminate the Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee now chaired by Whelan and fold the gaming and tourism industries into the State Government panel.

Whelan will chair State Government Committee