Steve Sweeney goes to Washington

New Jersey’s top Democratic lawmaker is in the nation’s capital today discussing a topic he worked more than a decade to advance in the Garden State.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) is taking part in a panel discussion on increasing the minimum wage in parts of the country after New Jersey residents voted to give a pay hike to workers earning minimum pay during the last statewide election.

“It’s keeping the issue alive and keeping the discussion going,” Sweeney said by phone from Washington ahead of the afternoon panel discussion.

“What’s going on right now with Congress and the refusal to recognize serious issues like this forces it to revert back to the states to raise the bar,” he said. “This is too important of an issue.”

The panel discussion is being held near the White House inside the Eisenhower Executive Building and also features Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president and cabinet secretary, and Sameera Fazili, of the National Economic Council.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is also slated to take part in a question and answer session following the panel discussion.

The discussion was led by Michael Kempner, CEO of the East Rutherford-based public relations firm MWW.

Steve Sweeney goes to Washington