JERSEY CITY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the following statement on New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney’s concession:

"The people of Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland counties and greater South Jersey could not have had a stronger advocate in their corner for the past 20 years than Senate President Steve Sweeney. While I was hoping for a different outcome, I take comfort in knowing that Steve’s many contributions to our state will continue to benefit New Jersey families for many years to come.
"Over the course of the past two decades, I have worked with Senator Steve Sweeney to secure major federal investments in infrastructure projects he has championed throughout South Jersey, from revitalizing downtown Camden to modernizing our ports in Paulsboro and Salem, to making major roadways like 295 safer for commuters. And I will never forget how hard Steve fought to pass the Sandy Bill of Rights for families displaced by Superstorm Sandy even if his heroic efforts met the veto of former Governor Chris Christie.
"Steve and I may have hailed from opposite corners of our state, but one thing we have always shared in common is a commitment to never forgetting where we came from or who we are fighting for. Prior to running for office, Steve Sweeney was a labor leader who stood up for the rights and dignity of working people and I know that even after he leaves the State Senate, he will continue to serve our communities and be a strong advocate for New Jersey’s middle class.
“Though his defeat is a loss for the New Jersey legislature and our state, I wish Steve and his family the best and look forward to working together in the future.”