The New Jersey Legislature kicked off the lame duck session Monday with Democrats picking new leaders but both houses failing to advance a gay marriage bill that will die with the Republican governor-elect unless it’s signed before his Jan. 19 inauguration.
South Jersey Sen. Steve Sweeney beat out Sen. Dick Codey for the Senate presidency, the chamber’s most powerful post. Sen. Barbara Buono of Edison was selected majority leader.
Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver of East Orange will become the first African-American woman to be Assembly speaker, succeeding Joe Roberts, who is stepping down. Assemblyman Joe Cryan of Union was chosen majority leader in the Assembly.
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