Guttenberg on gun safety: “Sweeney was an obstacle”

Fred Guttenberg, a prominent national gun safety advocate since his daughter’s death in the 2018 Parkland shooting and an ally of Governor Phil Murphy, today criticized the reluctance of Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney (D -West Deptford) to support gun control legislation in recent years. year.

“I know over the past two years, whenever the governor has wanted to do something about it, Sweeney has been a hindrance,” Guttenberg said. “I can tell you that I’m not from New Jersey… but for the sake of my friends and family there, I’m delighted that Sweeney is no longer in office for the next term.”

Sweeney’s skepticism of Murphy’s many pressures on gun control continued yesterday, when he said he was concerned that some of the bills in a recently introduced gun control package were laws for laws. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-South Amboy), on the other hand, was package friendly, and he has moved quickly by Assembly committees so far.

“We have the second toughest gun laws in the country. It’s a good thing, ”Sweeney said yesterday. “But just keep pushing more bills because you’re trying to come up with something else to get past to say you did, I don’t agree with.”

Sweeney shockingly lost his re-election last month, meaning he won’t be a sitting member of the legislature next year, but he has vowed to remain a political player and told his allies he candidate for governor in 2025. Responding to Sweeney’s apparent gubernatorial race, Guttenberg said gun safety will be a major issue in the 2025 campaign, and Sweeney might not be on the safe side.

“If Sweeney wants to run for governor and have this statewide conversation, I say bring it,” Guttenberg said. “But the problem does not go away. The reality of gun violence is there, and you’re either going to make a case about how to save lives or not. “

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