Buono will chair Senate Appropriations Committee

As expected, Senate President Richard Codey has named Barbara Buono as Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, with Paul Sarlo as Vice Chair. Sarlo, who sought the post after losing a race for Majority Leader to Stephen Sweeney, will be the Labor Committee Chairman.

Freshman Senator Jim Whelan, the former Mayor of Atlantic City, will be the Chairman of the Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

John Adler will continue as Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Joseph Vitale stays on as Chairman of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Other committee chairmanships announced today by Codey: Ronald Rice (Community and Urban Affairs); Nia Gill (Commerce); Raymond Lesniak (Economic Growth); Shirley Turner (Education); Bob Smith (Environment); John Girgenti (Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs); Nicholas Scutari (State Government); and Nicholas Sacco (Transportation).

Buono will chair Senate Appropriations Committee