Hon. Steve Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President, will meet with representatives of the Somerset County Business Partnership and the general public at a Legislative Forum scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. The forum will take place at Verizon Communications, 295 North Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Issues to be discussed at the forum include Rebuilding New Jersey's Economy; Job Creation; Business Retention; and Controlling Costs at the Local Level. Invitations have been extended to Chambers of Commerce and business advocacy organizations statewide to encourage business leaders to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss these important issues with Sen. Sweeney.

The Somerset County Business Partnership is holding a series of Legislative Forums with New Jersey's elected officials to connect with leadership from both parties to discuss the lasting impact of current public policies on New Jersey's businesses. Thus far, the Partnership has held face-to-face meetings with Gov. Christie's Chief of Staff Rich Bagger, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan, Assembly Budget Chair Lou Greenwald, Senate Minority Whip Tom Kean, Senator Kip Bateman, Republican Conference Leader Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker Upendra Chivukula, Assemblyman Pete Biondi, Assistant Republican Leader Assemblywoman Denise Coyle and Policy Advisor on Economic Development for Gov. Christie, Jim Leonard.

Sen. Sweeney represents the Third Legislative District of New Jersey, including all of Salem County and portions of Gloucester and Cumberland Counties. He was elected to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001 and was re-elected to a third term in 2007. On January 12th, 2010, Senator Sweeney was unanimously confirmed and sworn in as President of the New Jersey Senate, the highest-ranking position in the state's legislature.

Serving as General Organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers, Senator Sweeney is a strong advocate for organized labor and workers' rights. In keeping his commitment to the hard-working citizens of New Jersey, Senator Sweeney has authored laws to increase the state's minimum wage and to create the New Jersey "Minimum Wage Commission." In May of 2008, Senator Sweeney's "Paid Family Leave" legislation was signed into law.

Senator Sweeney has a positive record of strong support for farmland preservation and the public acquisition of open space in Gloucester County and throughout New Jersey.

The forum is offered as a benefit of membership to members of the Somerset County Business Partnership. The cost is $55 for non-members. Registration may be accomplished by calling the Partnership at 908-218-4300 or online at events@scbp.org. Sen. Sweeney's visit is sponsored by Verizon Communications.