As they vie for the affections of their peers, and quietly gauge other state senators' interest in who they'd support for the senate presidency, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) and his prospective challenger from South Jersey, Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), today each issued statements of support for Gov. Jon Corzine's candidate for governor, theircolleague, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck).
“With his selection of Loretta Weinberg as the first ever candidate for Lieutenant Governor under the Democratic banner, Governor Corzine is making a definitive statement about his priorities in this race," said Codey. "During the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we need responsible, compassionate leadership in New Jersey.I believe that the Corzine-Weinberg team has the dedication, commitment and vision to best serve the people of New Jersey moving forward.
“As a State Legislator, Loretta has consistently stood up for the underdog," Codey added. "She has pushed for open government legislation and ethics reform when it wasn’t the fashionable thing to do, but the right thing to do.She has worked tirelessly to create a safer, more effective health care safety net for all New Jersey citizens, regardless of their ability to pay. And she has fought for progressive causes like stricter drunk-driving standards, handgun safety and marriage equality, leading by conscience, rather than polling data."
People expect anextra touch from a challenger, andSweeney, unsurprisingly,took someadditional time – and detail – to build up the governor's choice, whom he heralded as uncompromising in her ability to challengeparty bosses and to fight "against entrenched corruption as a proven reformer" with an impressive resume of public service.
“In the years that we’ve served together in the State Senate, Loretta Weinberg has impressed me as a passionate and capable advocate for the issues that matter most to New Jersey’s citizens," Sweeney said. “She has earned a reputation as one of the premier legislative voices for good government, public transparency and ethics reform.She has sponsored legislation to make government records accessible to the public, enhance New Jersey’s open public meetings law, and limit the practice of pay to play.
“She’s been at the forefront of efforts to improve the administration, safety and quality of health care in the Garden State.She has sponsored bills to make patient safety indicators transparent to the public, increase New Jersey’s capacity to train new nurses in order to deal with a nursing shortage, and encourage the adoption of new technologies and best practices to improve
patient outcomes. … And she has been a staunch advocate on behalf of autistic children and the people with developmental disabilities, with bills to require health care coverage for proven treatments and therapies, and legislation to support new cutting edge research into the potential causes of – and possible cures for – autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities."