Beck presses ethics plan, spurring rebuke by Codey

… this is how you know you’re representing the best interest of the people – when you’re publicly rebuked by the Democratic Senate President

TRENTON — Tensions flared in the Senate on Monday amid partisan bickering over financial aid for cities and allowing some legislators to continue holding more than one elected office.

In a rare instance, Democratic Senate President Richard J. Codey publicly rebuked Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth.

He did so as Beck continued to discuss her bid to bar everyone from holding more than one elected office, even though her bid to force a vote on her bill had already failed and senators were debating another matter — whether to give workers paid leave to care for a sick relative.

“I respect your right to speak,” Codey told Beck. “However, respect the chamber.”

Codey, D-Essex, grimaced and shook his head in dismay.

This came after Republicans asked the Senate to give the Senate budget committee subpoena power to investigate a special state aid program that mainly benefits cities. Sen. Steve Oroho, R-Sussex, said legislative staff told him his request was in order.

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