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Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt tells legislature to subpoena Murphy Covid spending records

By David Wildstein, December 20 2020 6:48 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Steinhardt wants the New Jersey Legislature to subpoena New Jerseys spending records on COVID-19 after the state refused to release payment vouchers to the Associated Press.

“Phil Murphy is keeping secrets from the public that elected him. He’s hiding in plain view, and we must drag him into the daylight,” said Steinhardt, a former GOP state chairman. “The public’s right to transparency and accountability won’t be outweighed by the Murphy Administration’s denials and refusals.

Steinhardt called the rejection of public records, including documents related to the McKinsey consulting contract with the Department of Health, “alarmingly authoritarian.”

Now the possible Murphy 2021 opponent wants legislators from both to shed sunlight on the records.

“They can either stand with Murphy and against government transparency or they can stand with the 9 million New Jerseyans who deserve open and honest government,” Steinhardt stated.  “The legislature must step up and subpoena these records or face the same fate as Phil Murphy in November.”

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