Following Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) call to the assembly to put up Sweeney’s version of a northern casino referendum bill, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop hit back at the senate president, invoking Sweeney’s formative alliance with unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie.
Fulop backs a version of the North Jersey casino bill supported by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), who Sweeney says doesn’t have the votes that Sweeney commands in the senate.
This afternoon, Fulop dug in with his ongoing criticism of Sweeney and his bill, the latest in a north v. south political war fleshed out last month in this piece by PolitickerNJ reporter J.T. Aregood.
“The last time Steve Sweeney took this exact approach of forcing legislation upon residents, it was on behalf of Chris Christie furthering the failed pension reform that hurt tens of thousands of working families across New Jersey,” Fulop said. “Sweeney ended up apologizing for that mistake. Again, he is doing the exact same thing for which he will again apologize for if he continues to take a ‘my way or the highway’ approach. Legislation should be sound, prudent and work for everyone. Enough stake holders have indicated differing opinions to clearly understand that both proposals need to be improved.”