TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr., is releasing the following statement congratulating his long time friend and fellow Essex County Democrat Senator Teresa M. Ruiz on becoming the first Latino to serve as Senate Majority Leader:

“I would like to congratulate my friend Senator Teresa Ruiz for making history as the first Latina to hold the position of Majority Leader. A strong, determined, and progressive leader, Senator Ruiz has always advocated for New Jersey’s working families, for Black and brown communities, and for our most vulnerable populations. I am confident that with her leadership, as well as the leadership of Senate President Scutari and the rest of his diverse and experienced team, Governor Murphy, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, New Jersey will continue to lead the way on pursuing a bold policy agenda that delivers the kind of meaningful progress for working and middle class families that we must strive for.”