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Lizette Delgado-Polanco. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Murphy, Delgado-Polanco to speak at state party meeting

First joint public appearance since nepotism allegations surfaced

By David Wildstein, March 09 2019 11:46 am

Gov. Phil Murphy will share the podium this month with his embattled New Jersey Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco at a meeting of the Democratic State Committee.

This is Murphy’s first public appearance with Delgado-Polanco since reports that she fired longtime employees and replaced them with friends and family members.  

Murphy and Delgado-Polanco are scheduled to speak at the meeting, according to an agenda distributed to state committee members obtained by the New Jersey Globe.

The authority has launched an internal investigation and some members of the Legislature have called for the elimination of the agency entirely.

Delgado-Polanco is the vice chair of the state party, a post she kept after getting a high profile job in the Murphy administration.

A former union official, Delgado-Polanco was briefly considered as a candidate for Lt. Governor by Barbara Buono in 2013. Buono picked her for vice chair after losing a bid to name her own state chair.

John Currie, facing a difficult battle for re-election later this year for state chairman, will also speak at the March 19 meeting.  Currie has not yet announced if Delgado-Polanco will be his running mate.

Essex County Democratic chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr., who is challenging Currie, has also not revealed his running mate.

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