IN QUOTES NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney: “Don’t Put Civil Rights On The Ballot, Period.” By Dan Avery December 13, 2012 at 6:12am · 17 comments I do not believe you put civil rights on the ballot, period. It is the job of elected officials to ensure that everyone is provided equal protection and equal rights under the law. We should not hide from that responsibility. We should embrace it.” New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, opposing Gov. Chris Christie‘s plan to get marriage equality put to a public referendum in the Garden State.