Courtesy Stockton University/From left, Brigid Harrison, Senate President Steve Sweeney and John Froonjian discuss the future of the state during a Town Hall at the Stockton Atlantic City Academic Center.

ATLANTIC CITY – If you didn’t get the opportunity to see NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney speak at Stockton University Academic Center at the Boardwalk campus on Wednesday, April 3, you can watch the town hall meeting as it was live-streamed on Stockton’s website.

Nearly 200 people came to hear Sweeney outline the Path to Progress report, which covers pension and benefit reform, education, county and municipal government reforms, shared services, and state and local government tax structure.

The event was co-sponsored by the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton. It was moderated by Stockton alumna Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science and law professor at Montclair State University and John Froonjian of the Hughes Center.

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said he was pleased to give the public a chance to hear and question Sweeney.

“It is the role of a university to be a marketplace of ideas,” he said.

Following his presentation, Sweeney fielded questions from the audience about the future of the pension system, the proposal to consolidate school districts, esports opportunities in Atlantic City, future plans for the Atlantic City International Airport, and the state’s role in Atlantic City.

The Atlantic City event was one of several town hall meetings Sweeney has held around the state promoting the report.

A video of the town hall event can be viewed on the Hughes Center website at:

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.