Senate honors retiring Secretary Kent St. John

TRENTON – The Senate honored retiring Secretary Kent St. John at Thursday’s voting session.

St. John, who served as a reporter, anchor and/or producer with NJN for 20-plus years, was honored by the Senate with a proclamation for his service. His distinctive voice rang out at countless Senate sessions since January 2010.

“I know how hard you work,” he told the senators in accepting the resolution in his honor. “I have seen you in here arguing, I have seen you in here compromising, I have seen you in here debating, not getting along, getting along,” and he said he saw their dedication to the issues.

“I am honored to serve with you and will never forget this chapter of my life,’’ he told the senators.

He pointed out that during his NJN career, “I have had a camera in many of these faces. I knew many of you personally,’’ and he extended a personal thank you to Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“I owe a lot to the gentleman standing behind me,’’ he said in reference to Sweeney who named him Senate secretary in December 2009.

Senate honors retiring Secretary Kent St. John