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Legislative Oversight panel won’t seek subpoena power up front

Sweeney and Coughlin anticipate cooperation

By David Wildstein, October 24 2018 5:55 pm

The Senate and Assembly will on Monday to create a Legislative Select Oversight Committee to look at public sector hiring practices, but will not seek subpoena authority right now.

The bi-partisan panel was named by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin following allegations that Al Alvarez, a staffer on Phil Murphy’s 2017 campaign for governor, sexually assaulted a woman who was volunteering on the campaign.  Alvarez later served as deputy director of personnel in Murphy’s transition office, and later as chief of staff at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

“The Select Oversight Committee will conduct hearings that are public, fair, transparent and bipartisan. The Committee chairs will determine as quickly as possible when the hearings will begin and provide a schedule regarding dates for the proceedings,” Sweeney and Coughlin said in a joint statement.  “Due to the sensitive nature of the issues, we anticipate everyone called to testify will willingly comply. While we hope there will be no need to invoke the power, we thought it best to reserve the right to issue subpoenas in the unlikely event it is necessary for the committee to take that course of action.”

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor Marin will serve as co-chairs; State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) will be vice chairs.

Michael Critchley and Joseph Hayden will be co-counsels


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