N.J. Senate will forgo long summer break

 N.J. Senate will forgo long summer break (Mel Evans/AP Photo, file)

N.J. Senate will forgo long summer break (Mel Evans/AP Photo, file)

The New Jersey Senate intends to keep working over the summer.

Even though being a member of the Legislature is a part-time job, Senate President Steve Sweeney says it makes no sense to adjourn this summer.

The Senate will hold committee meetings and voting sessions in July and August focusing mostly on job creation and some bills rejected by Gov. Chris Christie, said Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

“We’ll be looking at bills that we’ve done and other bills that we could do with the administration so we can get something done here,” he said. “He’s vetoed several of these jobs bills in the past. I actually think it was done for partisan reasons. They were our ideas and not his, but the economy is still not doing well.”

Sweeney says he’ll also try to find ways to advance more shared services among towns.

He says it’s worthwhile for the Senate to meet even if the Assembly takes the summer off.

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