TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford, whose pension and health benefits reform bill was released by the Senate Budget Committee Thursday afternoon, urged that charges be dropped against the protesters who were escorted by State Police from the committee chambers.
“I am asking the State Police to drop all disorderly persons charges against the protesters arrested during yesterday’s committee hearing,” Sweeney said today in a release.
“The issues of pension and health reform are tough and emotional. I understand that. And as someone who has spent my life in a union fighting for working people, I know that sometimes emotions bubble over.”
State Police said approximately 25 people were issued summonses for disorderly conduct after they were escorted Thursday from the Senate Budget Committee hearing.
“But while the rank-and-file who protested in the committee room were largely respectful, their leaders outside were not. When you defame the character of those with whom you differ and use over-the-top and over-heated rhetoric not to actually further an argument but to simply to stir up a crowd, you degrade and diminish yourself and your cause.”