Steve Sweeney: New Jersey State of the State

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney takes us through New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address, and discusses what's ahead for New Jersey in the coming year.

Brian Lehrer asks Sweeney under what circumstances he could see the bridge scandal resulting in impeachment or recall. (23:23)

Sweeney: The only way….look, if there is a direct connection — the governor had knowledge or the governor was directing it — well then obviously that would cause that. But Brian, we have not gotten there yet, but we are going to do that investigation. That investigation is going to go forward and wherever it leads, it’s going to lead.

Lehrer: Even knowledge of it?

Sweeney: If he had direct knowledge of it – yes.


Steve Sweeney

Comments [11]

Amneris from New Jersey

If Mr. Sweeney can dismiss Rachel Maddow's theory of the Christie Administration getting back at the state legislators "as verging on conspiracy theory", he could say the same about closing the bridge to get back the mayor of Fort Lee. Whichever: it's the same tactic, the same power play, the same revenge; and it was a conspiracy.

Jan. 15 2014 11:39 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Making the school day & year longer won't help if they still don't do anything but teach to the test for nothing beyond math & English.

Jan. 15 2014 11:16 AM
Christopher from Fort Lee

Year-round schooling would deprive kids of the time to discover and develop their own interests and special abilities. Being told what to do and study year round would make for dull students. Use classroom time better; don't just ask for more of it. Don't turn us into Singapore.

Jan. 15 2014 11:05 AM
RJ from prospect hts

re: untaken sick day payouts., Will they similarly find a way to cap and eliminate the CEO payouts--golden parachutes--for state contractors when one leaves? Particularly when measures of job performance are dismal? (Notably the financial sector?) Not precisely parallel, but surely state contracts with contractors can be structured--or restructured, as they are proposing for state union workers contracts--so that CEOs are held accountable for performance, much less even *unaccaountable,* across-the-board cuts as are being proposed for eliminating payouts without direct cause. Why is one contract more malleable than another?

Jan. 15 2014 10:43 AM
tom from astoria

Can Mr Sweeny compare the Christie record on retaliation to judges, legislators, etc, to other administrations? Is this normal or does Christie and his inner circle stand out for these practices?

Jan. 15 2014 10:42 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Why is it that no one brings up the fact that the reason why the pension funds are underfunded is due to all of the money the funds lost in the economic crash. And the pensions lost this money because the managers were sold fraudulent stocks which were rated at AAA when in fact they were junk.

I'm so tired of the rich plundering our country and then deflecting their crimes onto the working and middle class. This is ridiculous. If we had real journalists in the US, instead of polite head waiters posing as journalists, this conversation would look very different.

Jan. 15 2014 10:39 AM

@fuva from harlemworld

Chris Christie is offering up the Sgt Schultz defense: "I know nothing".

I hope NJ residents are smart enough to see through him.

Jan. 15 2014 10:38 AM

Pension "concessions" equal more people who are poorer at retirement age. Christie's just another contract breaker.

Jan. 15 2014 10:31 AM

See Jimmy Fallon last night: NJ students do need a longer school day, because so many are stuck on the bus for 3 hours a day in Fort Lee traffic jam.

Jan. 15 2014 10:30 AM
Robert from NYC

I think germs can be found on all areas of a fist too. Those little buggers are quick and love to travel around the body.

Jan. 15 2014 10:27 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Didn't see it. Did he reiterate that he knew nothing?

Jan. 15 2014 10:04 AM

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