Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald said he was willing to meet with a progressive activist who was dragged out of a Senate hearing on Monday.
“Sue Altman can meet with me any time she wants. All she has to do is schedule a meeting,” Greenwald said.
Police dragged Altman, director of NJ Working Families, out of a Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies hearing after supporters of South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross cheered and activists booed as a set of witnesses finished giving their testimony.
State Sen. Bob Smith, the select committee chairman, asked state police to remove a number of union members along the back of the committee room who cheered after the first panel of witnesses finished giving their testimony.
Altman and other activists arrayed along the left side of the room booed in response.
It was unclear why Altman, the only person from the latter group targeted, was removed.
Greenwald, a close Norcross ally, declined to comment on the incident itself, saying he was not comfortable discussing the same because he had not witnessed it himself.
“I’m not commenting on something I didn’t see,” the majority leader said. “I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it. It’s up to the chairman who was running the committee.”