Sweeney's leadership style on display

Much has been made - including in our pages - about the new leadership style on display from the governor's office. But the Jersey politics site In The Lobby points out today that the pension reforms proposed this week give us an early look at the tactics of new Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Gloucester County Democrat.

Before introducing four pension bills, Sweeney lined up at least 23 sponsors for each one, giving them all more than enough votes to pass the Senate the second they hit the presses. It was a show of strength that also means no one individual lawmaker can be singled out as the "deciding" vote.

In The Lobby's editors write that it shows Sweeney has an ability to quietly build consensus and protect himself from attack - much the way he secured the votes to become Senate president.

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