Recorded on 3/23/2021, Steve Adubato sits down with Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) – NJ, Senate Majority Leader, to discuss her lessons learned during her 29 years as part of the NJ Legislature, including her proudest accomplishments, and the challenges of being a woman in Legislature in a patriarchal world.
Senator Weinberg says “it’s been a good run… I can’t imagine being in a position to lead a life that you actually can act on your passions, that you can actually change things, and they bring you along a very adventuresome path, full of adventures, some good, some bad, but always challenging.” She has several examples of legislation from her career that she is most proud of including the 48-hour Bill, banning smoking indoors, and earned sick leave.
She is optimistic about the future of our country because of the involvement of young people, “I think young people being involved in – whether its Black Lives Matter, gun safety issues, women’s access to healthcare – all those things that bring us together, I am optimistic about the future,” she adds. As a woman in a male-dominated world, Weinberg believes in order to get something done, you have to find the levers of power that enable you to get bills posted, etc. “If I had to sum it up, I think of the phrase, and it’s really an art form, ‘How do you get along, without always going along?’” she says.