Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

November 8, 2011 General Election

Candidates for State Senator District 3, New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney - D
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Michael M. Mulligan - R
Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Stephen M. Sweeney

Senator Sweeney was born on June 11, 1959 in Camden and is a graduate of Pennsauken High School. Senator Sweeney and his wife, Patti, were married in 1986. They live in West Deptford with their two children, Stephen and Lauren.

Michael M. Mulligan

Oldest son of Jim and Katherine Mulligan, Retired Salem Co. School Teachers-Married to Dana Lynn Mulligan, nee Densevich,of Vineland, N.J.-Son, Francis A. Mulligan, attends Woodstown H.S. -Lifetime Salem County resident

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Stephen M. Sweeney

An ironworker by trade.

Michael M. Mulligan

Attorney at Law, Practicing 23 years in Salem County-Present Solicitor, Pilesgrove Township-Former Salem County Counsel, County of Salem-Former Municipal Prosecutor, Carneys Pt. and Pittsgrove Townships-Arbitrator, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Stephen M. Sweeney

Senator Sweeney served on the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1997 to 2010 and was Freeholder Director from 1998 until 2010.

General Organizer, International Association of Ironworkers

Michael M. Mulligan

Former President, Salem County Bar Association -Former Board President, American Red Cross of Salem County-Former Board President, YMCA of Salem County-Former Woodstown Basketball & Little League Coach. Former Chairman,Board of Directors of N.J. Lawyer,The

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Stephen M. Sweeney

First elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001, he has been reelected three times. He was chosen by the Democratic Majority to lead the Senate in the 214th Legislature in 2009, and took the oath as Senate President on January 12, 2010.

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Stephen M. Sweeney

Senator Sweeney is active in a variety of local organizations and has received numerous accolades from business leaders, volunteer organizations, labor advocates, environmentalists and other organizations from around New Jersey, including the 2009 Partners

Michael M. Mulligan

Excellence Award Recipient, N.J. Council of Community Colleges

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Stephen M. Sweeney

No response

Michael M. Mulligan

Penns Grove H.S., 1978 -Salem Community College,1980 -University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,1982-Rutgers School of Law-Camden,1986.

Economy
New Jersey Economy, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

He helped design and pass a package of bills, known collectively as “Back to Work NJ,” to create jobs and spur economic growth.

www.district3dems.com/issues/economy-and-jobs (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Stimulating New Jersey's Economy
Stephen M. Sweeney

He even helped design and pass a package of bills, known collectively as “Back to Work NJ,” to create jobs and spur economic growth.

www.district3dems.com/issues/economy-and-jobs (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Business
New Jersey Business, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Small businesses create jobs. But in a tough economy, they need help to make that happen. That’s why we passed a bill to reduce red tape for businesses. In the long term, we’ll make our local economy more competitive by reforming the tax code so businesses and growing industries like clean energy can move to New Jersey.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey's Small Businesses
Stephen M. Sweeney

Small businesses create jobs. But in a tough economy, they need help to make that happen. That’s why we passed a bill to reduce red tape for businesses. In the long term, we’ll make our local economy more competitive by reforming the tax code so businesses and growing industries like clean energy can move to New Jersey.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Taxes
New Jersey Business Taxes
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’ll make our local economy more competitive by reforming the tax code so businesses and growing industries like clean energy can move to New Jersey.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Tax Credits
Stephen M. Sweeney

Together, we fought to expand access to loans and implement a $3,000 tax credit for every job created in our communities.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Taxes, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Property taxes are too high. That’s bad enough. What’s worse is that the brunt of the tax burden falls on middle-class homeowners and seniors.

That’s why we voted to cap property tax increases at two percent annually and expand the Senior Freeze program

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Property Taxes
Stephen M. Sweeney

Property taxes are too high. That’s bad enough. What’s worse is that the brunt of the tax burden falls on middle-class homeowners and seniors.

That’s why we voted to cap property tax increases at two percent annually and expand the Senior Freeze program

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Environment
New Jersey's Environment, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Our rural areas and natural resources are critical economic engines for South Jersey. We’re leading the fight to conserve our environmental resources, preserve open space and protect local farmland.

We’re looking out for the health and well being of

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Clean Air and Water
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re looking out for the health and well being of today’s families and future generations. Our team sponsored legislation banning the sale of gasoline containing high levels of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) – ensuring cleaner, safer water for South Jersey.

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Energy
New Jersey Energy, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We worked together to establish an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and authorize tax credits for qualified wind energy facilities. This legislation is critical to the Port of Paulsboro project – and will help bring much-needed jobs

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Renewable Energy
Stephen M. Sweeney

We worked together to establish an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and authorize tax credits for qualified wind energy facilities. This legislation is critical to the Port of Paulsboro project – and will help bring much-needed jobs to our region.

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Alternate Energy Development
Stephen M. Sweeney

We worked together to establish an offshore wind renewable energy certificate program and authorize tax credits for qualified wind energy facilities. This legislation is critical to the Port of Paulsboro project – and will help bring much-needed jobs

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Education
New Jersey Education, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to make education better, more accessible and more affordable for middle class families. That means capping tuition increases so more families can afford to send their students to state community colleges and universities and reforming teacher tenure to ensure our children have the best educators.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Improving New Jersey Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to make education better, more accessible and more affordable for middle class families. That means capping tuition increases so more families can afford to send their students to state community colleges and universities and reforming teacher tenure to ensure our children have the best educators.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Higher Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to make education better, more accessible and more affordable for middle class families. That means capping tuition increases so more families can afford to send their students to state community colleges and universities.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Teacher Tenure in New Jersey Public Schools
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to make education better, more accessible and more affordable for middle class families. That means reforming teacher tenure to ensure our children have the best educators.

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Health
New Jersey Health, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We created a sliding scale for health care to protect middle class workers. Some workers will pay as little as three percent with the average teacher paying 17 percent for family coverage. (For percentages by salary, please click the link further down

www.district3dems.com/issues/pensionreform (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Improving New Jersey Health Care
Stephen M. Sweeney

We created a sliding scale for health care to protect middle class workers. Some workers will pay as little as three percent with the average teacher paying 17 percent for family coverage. (For percentages by salary, please click the link further down

www.district3dems.com/issues/pensionreform (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We created a sliding scale for health care to protect middle class workers. Some workers will pay as little as three percent with the average teacher paying 17 percent for family coverage. (For percentages by salary, please click the link further down

www.district3dems.com/issues/pensionreform (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Pensions
New Jersey State Pensions, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Seniors deserve a secure retirement, but rising property taxes make living on a fixed income difficult. To ease the burden, we passed the bill that caps annual property taxes at two percent, fought to expand the Senior Freeze program and opposed cuts

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Pension Reform
Stephen M. Sweeney

Seniors deserve a secure retirement, but rising property taxes make living on a fixed income difficult. To ease the burden, we passed the bill that caps annual property taxes at two percent, fought to expand the Senior Freeze program and opposed cuts

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Government
New Jersey State Government and Agencies, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to reform government and eliminate waste and abuse to save taxpayer money – starting with tough accountability and limits on government spending.

It’s time to crack down on corrupt politicians. We’re fighting to increase fines to up to

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Government Reform, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We’re fighting to reform government and eliminate waste and abuse to save taxpayer money – starting with tough accountability and limits on government spending.

It’s time to crack down on corrupt politicians. We’re fighting to increase fines to up to

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Fiscal Policy
New Jersey Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

We propose a freeze on state spending to get our budget under control, followed by independent audits of every government agency, capping unused sick leave payments for government employees and eliminating expensive perks for public officials like luxury

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Budget
Stephen M. Sweeney

We propose a freeze on state spending to get our budget under control, followed by independent audits of every government agency, capping unused sick leave payments for government employees and eliminating expensive perks for public officials like luxury

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey State Spending
Stephen M. Sweeney

We propose a freeze on state spending to get our budget under control, followed by independent audits of every government agency, capping unused sick leave payments for government employees and eliminating expensive perks for public officials like luxury

www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Wages
New Jersey Wages, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Senator Sweeney sponsored laws to raise our minimum wage and create New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program.

www.district3dems.com/issues/economy-and-jobs (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

New Jersey Minimum Wage
Stephen M. Sweeney

Senator Sweeney sponsored laws to raise our minimum wage and create New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program.

www.district3dems.com/issues/economy-and-jobs (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Agriculture
New Jersey Agriculture, a General Statement
Stephen M. Sweeney

Most recently, we passed legislation to preserve farmland throughout Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties. That means more than $55 million in funding for our local communities. These benefits will lay the groundwork for a thriving economic base

www.district3dems.com/issues/agriculture-and-environment (06/02/2013)

Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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