Six members of the New Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners under fire for restoring a medical license to a convicted sex offender have resigned, an attorney representing the chiropractors said.
The resignations come six days after Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he was replacing Brett Wartenberg, Thomas Senatore and Paul Lyons on the state regulatory board.
The other three members — David Allen, Rosemary Calio and Albert Stabile – were on holdover status and in the process of being replaced.
“It is our understanding from recent government press releases as well as legislation that has been submitted in the New Jersey Legislature that all sitting chiropractic board members are to be replaced on the board,” attorney Jeffrey Randolph said in a letter on behalf of the six board members.
That leaves the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners without a quorum until the Senate votes to confirm Murphy’s nominations of Kelly Blunder, Uchenna Abba Onyeani and Michael Kaufman. Murphy submitted the nominations of the three chiropractors last week.
Despite warnings from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the board voted to reinstate the license Dr. Bryan Bajakian, who in 2008 was convicted on charges of luring or enticing underage girls and illegally possessing a firearm.
He was accused sexual misconduct against an underage patient and admitted to the board keeping child pornography, attempting to meet children online and continuing to see underage patients after an order to cease.
Grewal sought to block his reinstatement, arguing the board relied on an improperly conducted psychosexual evaluation, but the board on Thursday shot down the attorney general’s motion.
Bajakian remains on parole and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
Several legislators are seeking to dissolve the current board and reconstitute it, a move that would dump all of the sitting members.