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Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Christie should stay out of EDA fight, Munoz says

By Nikita Biryukov, May 06 2019 11:19 am

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz doesn’t think former Gov. Chris Christie should be injecting himself into a feud between Gov. Phil Murphy and Camden Democrats over some of the Economic Development Authority’s tax incentive programs.

“I think everybody thinks that the former governor should stay out of things, and I’m sure he felt the same way about Gov. [Jon] Corzine,” Munoz said Monday. “People should let the current governor govern.”

Murphy has been targeting the EDA since an audit by state Comptroller Philip Degnan released earlier this year revealed holes in the Authority’s oversight of its programs.

On Thursday, the task force Murphy convened to investigate abuses of the EDA’s tax incentive programs recounted irregularities in award applications filed by four firms with ties to Democratic power broker George Norcross.

News reports on Wednesday found that at least $1.1 billion in tax credits went to Norcross-linked firms.

Christie, who signed the 2013 law that enabled the scrutinized EDA programs, went on the offensive following Thursday’s hearing, attacking the governor over his time as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

“While Governor Murphy was collecting his pay-to-play gift from President Obama entertaining the wealthy of Germany at embassy parties, we were back here doing the hard work to rebuild Camden from the most dangerous city in America to the most hopeful city in America,” Christie said in a statement last week.

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