New York, NY —
New Jersey Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Junior says he'll be stepping down at the end of the year. He says he's been planning the move for some time, but wanted to get the state budget passed first.
ROBERTS: I had an obligation as the presiding officer of the general assembly, and still do, but had an obligation through june as we dealt with the budget to get through what probably was the most challenging, most difficult, toughest budget set of circumstances i've ever seen.
REPORTER: Roberts will continue to represent New Jersey's 5th District until his term runs out in January.