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Ronald Chen, a Rutgers University Law professor, is a former New Jersey Public Advocate

EDA task force hearing postponed

Legal challenge blocks report on EDA abuses for now

By Nikita Biryukov, June 07 2019 11:07 am

The task force convened by Gov. Phil Murphy to investigate abuses of tax incentives meted out by the Economic Development Authority on Friday announced it has delayed its third hearing and a report due to be issued at the same.

“This report was slated to provide, among other things, recommendations to Governor Murphy, the New Jersey State Legislature, and the Economic Development Authority based on the Task Force’s work to date,” the task force said in a statement. “The court presiding over the litigation asked that the Task Force postpone the hearing and issuance of its first report to permit the court to review the issues raised in the motion, and the Task Force agreed”

The fate of the task force’s report, originally slated to be issued on June 11, will be decided following take place during a court hearing on June 17.

Attorneys for South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross had filed a motion seeking to block the task force’s report.

Those same lawyers have sued Murphy and the task force, claiming the governor created the panel unconstitutionally, among other things.

“We are confident that the Governor’s authority to appoint the Task Force will be upheld, and should the court permit the hearing to go forward, we will provide notice to the public about the location and date of the rescheduled proceedings,” the task force said.

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