Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

November 8, 2011 General Election

Candidates for State Senator District 3, New Jersey

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

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.

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

Stephen M. Sweeney

No response

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
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.

Stephen M. Sweeney

An ironworker by trade.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
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 Weekly Newspaper-Former Trustee, NJSBA Board of Trustees-Former Member, NJ Supreme Court District 3 Fee Arbitration Committee.

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

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Michael M. Mulligan

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

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 in Advocacy Award from the Arc of New Jersey and the 2009 Legislative Excellence Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. In April 2010, Senator Sweeney was honored by the New Jersey Travel Industry Association with their Friend of Tourism Award. In 2011, Senator Sweeney was honored as a Legislator of the Year by several organizations, including the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, NJ Veterans of Foreign Wars, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. Senator Sweeney was also honored in 2011 by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA), as well as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. In December 2011, Senator Sweeney was presented with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the NJ Business and Industry Association for his efforts to help spur economic growth and job creation in New Jersey. In 2012, he was awarded the “Humanitarian Award” by the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, and was also honored by Integrity House, an organization that works to provide treatment for addiction and recovery support. On March 18, 2013, he received the 2013 Robert B. Meyner Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Economy
New Jersey Economy, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

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

Stimulating New Jersey's Economy
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

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

Business
New Jersey Business, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey's Small Businesses
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Taxes
New Jersey Business Taxes
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Tax Credits
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Taxes, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 to protect seniors from increasing property taxes. Now we’re pushing to restore $800 million in property tax rebates for seniors and the middle class that were cut by Governor Chris Christie. And we’re fighting to restore $494 million of school funding to help hold down property taxes in suburban and rural areas.

These reforms will make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and a more attractive place to do business.

We’re standing up to Chris Christie’s policies that hurt the middle class. It’s time to undo the massive tax breaks Christie gave to multi-millionaires. That money is better spent restoring property tax relief, women’s health care and education funding.

Homeowners are bearing the brunt of this difficult economy. To ease the burden, we passed the bill that puts a two percent cap on how much property taxes can increase each year. We also voted to expand the senior freeze program to protect seniors. What’s next? We’ll push to restore $800 million in property tax rebates for seniors and the middle class that were cut by Christie.

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.

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

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Property Taxes
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 to protect seniors from increasing property taxes. Now we’re pushing to restore $800 million in property tax rebates for seniors and the middle class that were cut by Governor Chris Christie. And we’re fighting to restore $494 million of school funding to help hold down property taxes in suburban and rural areas.

These reforms will make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and a more attractive place to do business.

We’re standing up to Chris Christie’s policies that hurt the middle class. It’s time to undo the massive tax breaks Christie gave to multi-millionaires. That money is better spent restoring property tax relief, women’s health care and education funding.

Homeowners are bearing the brunt of this difficult economy. To ease the burden, we passed the bill that puts a two percent cap on how much property taxes can increase each year. We also voted to expand the senior freeze program to protect seniors. What’s next? We’ll push to restore $800 million in property tax rebates for seniors and the middle class that were cut by Christie.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Environment
New Jersey's Environment, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 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.

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

New Jersey Clean Air and Water
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

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

Energy
New Jersey Energy, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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. 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.

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

Renewable Energy
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

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

Alternate Energy Development
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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. 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.

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

Education
New Jersey Education, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Improving New Jersey Education
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Higher Education
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Teacher Tenure in New Jersey Public Schools
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Health
New Jersey Health, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 this page.) Also, we’re offering each state worker a variety of health insurance coverage options to lower premiums and allow each individual to get the health care that best fits their needs – without paying for unnecessary services.

The new law fixes the dangerously underfunded retirement system ensuring the solvency of state workers retirement for years to come. It requires some sacrifice, including sharing in health care payments, but without significant reform the system would have collapsed.

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

Improving New Jersey Health Care
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 this page.) Also, we’re offering each state worker a variety of health insurance coverage options to lower premiums and allow each individual to get the health care that best fits their needs – without paying for unnecessary services.

The new law fixes the dangerously underfunded retirement system ensuring the solvency of state workers retirement for years to come. It requires some sacrifice, including sharing in health care payments, but without significant reform the system would have collapsed.

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

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 this page.) Also, we’re offering each state worker a variety of health insurance coverage options to lower premiums and allow each individual to get the health care that best fits their needs – without paying for unnecessary services.

The new law fixes the dangerously underfunded retirement system ensuring the solvency of state workers retirement for years to come. It requires some sacrifice, including sharing in health care payments, but without significant reform the system would have collapsed.

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

Pensions
New Jersey State Pensions, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 to seniors property tax rebates.

We want to make it easier to seniors to afford life in South Jersey close to family and friends. That’s why we’re pushing to increase the senior property tax deduction and eliminate state income taxes for 94 percent of seniors. And we’re fighting to restore state funding cut from nursing homes and prescription drug programs.

We’ll keep fighting for South Jersey’s seniors – from undoing the massive tax breaks Chris Christie gave to multi-millionaires to restoring property tax relief for those who need it most.

In tough times, we have to make tough choices to build a better future. We made the tough decisions to guarantee a pension for public workers while saving taxpayers billions.

Our state pension and health care benefits system was broken. Without changes, our pension system would have been insolvent by 2018. Now pensions are guaranteed. To save the system and preserve benefits for future retirees, public workers will pay a little more – just one percent more per year for seven years. COLAs will kick back in when the pension fund is restored to 80 percent of its obligations. There will be no changes for current retirees or those with 20 years or more of service.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Pension Reform
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 to seniors property tax rebates.

We want to make it easier to seniors to afford life in South Jersey close to family and friends. That’s why we’re pushing to increase the senior property tax deduction and eliminate state income taxes for 94 percent of seniors. And we’re fighting to restore state funding cut from nursing homes and prescription drug programs.

We’ll keep fighting for South Jersey’s seniors – from undoing the massive tax breaks Chris Christie gave to multi-millionaires to restoring property tax relief for those who need it most.

In tough times, we have to make tough choices to build a better future. We made the tough decisions to guarantee a pension for public workers while saving taxpayers billions.

Our state pension and health care benefits system was broken. Without changes, our pension system would have been insolvent by 2018. Now pensions are guaranteed. To save the system and preserve benefits for future retirees, public workers will pay a little more – just one percent more per year for seven years. COLAs will kick back in when the pension fund is restored to 80 percent of its obligations. There will be no changes for current retirees or those with 20 years or more of service.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Government
New Jersey State Government and Agencies, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 $500,000, impose prison sentences of up to 20 years, take away pension and retirement benefits and allow the state to recover illegal profits. And we’re pushing for a law that would institute mandatory prison terms for corrupt officials.

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 boxes at sports events and free EZ Passes. And by capping property taxes, we’ll encourage local governments to increase efficiency.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Government Reform, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 $500,000, impose prison sentences of up to 20 years, take away pension and retirement benefits and allow the state to recover illegal profits. And we’re pushing for a law that would institute mandatory prison terms for corrupt officials.

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 boxes at sports events and free EZ Passes. And by capping property taxes, we’ll encourage local governments to increase efficiency.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Fiscal Policy
New Jersey Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 boxes at sports events and free EZ Passes. And by capping property taxes, we’ll encourage local governments to increase efficiency.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey Budget
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 boxes at sports events and free EZ Passes. And by capping property taxes, we’ll encourage local governments to increase efficiency.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

New Jersey State Spending
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 boxes at sports events and free EZ Passes. And by capping property taxes, we’ll encourage local governments to increase efficiency.

Source: http://www.district3dems.com/issues (06/02/2013)

Wages
New Jersey Wages, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Stephen M. Sweeney

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

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

New Jersey Minimum Wage
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

Stephen M. Sweeney

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

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

Agriculture
New Jersey Agriculture, a General Statement
Michael M. Mulligan

No response

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 for many years to come.

We’re promoting local farmers and vendors, making New Jersey a leader in the emerging agricultural tourism industry. We helped pave the way for farm wineries to produce hard cider and allow wineries to sell at farm markets. And we sponsored legislation to allow local wineries to ship directly to New Jersey consumers – giving our wine industry a boost and increasing consumer choices.

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

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