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Steve Sweeney Boycotts PSE&G Breakfast for Convention Delegates

Senate president suggests his action helped convince the company to stop supporting conservative Republican Scott Garrett

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney stayed away Wednesday from a breakfast for convention delegates sponsored by PSE&G, leaving other Democrats to explain why they were attending. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said he staged the one-man boycott because of the company’s contributions to the state’s most conservative congressman, Republican Scott Garrett.

Garrett has a long history of opposition to gay rights. He recently attracted new attention when he refused to contribute money to a Republican fund because some would have gone to gay candidates.

Assemblyman Tim Eustace said at the breakfast in Philadelphia, where Democrats are attending their national convention, that 28 years ago, when he and his husband adopted children, Garrett, then in the Assembly, tried to block same-sex couples from becoming adoptive parents. Eustace said the state needs representatives who will support “all of us.”

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman called PSE&G a politically responsive company that has been helpful to her constituents. In this heavily Democratic state, PSE&G generally gives more money to Democrats than Republicans.

Sweeney told reporters after the breakfast he had heard PSE&G has decided to stop supporting Garrett.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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