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

Unclear whether Chen has conflict

Head of task force probing EDA tax credits works for college that received tax credits

By NJ Globe Staff, May 04 2019 12:27 am

The chairman of a task force investigating possible abuses of tax credits issued by the New Jersey Economic Development Commission is employed by Rutgers University, which received $25 million in tax credits to expand their athletic facilities.

It is not immediately clear whether Ronald Chen, a Rutgers law professor, has a conflict since his employer was the recipient of tax credits.

Chen did not respond to a 11:04 PM email seeking comment.

Chen was also asked whether he is using vacation time or personal days during his work on the task force.  

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation in 2016 that gave the tax credits credits to Rutgers as part of a plan to upgrade athletic facilities to make them Big 10 quality.”

Chen was the dean of Rutgers-Newark law school at the time the tax credits were granted.  Rutgers officials heavily lobbied Christie and legislators to pass the measure.

At the time the bill was passed, Rutgers touted the economic benefits to the university that came with their investment to enhance their athletic infrastructure.

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