Senate President Steve Sweeney hopes to avoid partisan politics for new term

Senate President Steve Sweeney will be returning to his post for another term after Tuesday's victory at the polls. Thursday was the ceremonial day of

Senate President Steve Sweeney will be returning to his post for another term after Tuesday's victory at the polls.

Senate President Steve Sweeney will be returning to his post for another term after Tuesday's victory at the polls. (11/7/13)

TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney will be returning to his post for another term after Tuesday's victory at the polls

Thursday was the ceremonial day of picking new party leadership, and New Jersey's top ranking Democrat says he is glad to have held on to the title.

Tom Kean Jr. barely held onto his role as Senate Minority Leader.

Sweeney attributed Tuesday's victory to voters wanting a backstop against the governor on things like raising the minimum wage and marriage equality, but he doesn't expect decisions to always be made along party lines. "It's not that I'm going to stop something because the governor wants it," he says. "I'm not going to let this place turn into Washington, D.C."

He and outgoing Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver didn't always see eye to eye, but Sweeney says that's part of the process.

"It's funny how everyone made such an issue when we have disagreements," Sweeney says. "Unlike the Republican legislators, Democrats aren't afraid to voice their opinions."

For the Senate president, the best part is that all of those voices will be returning to the State House.

For interview with NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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