Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean isn’t thrilled about Sue Altman’s removal from a Senate hearing Monday.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” he said.
State Troopers dragged Altman, the director of NJ Working Families, from a Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies hearing where South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross was set to testify.
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, a staunch Norcross opponent, 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
Democratic legislators have so far not been willing to criticize Altman’s removal publicly.
Some, including Senate President Steve Sweeney, have said the progressive wanted the attention her removal brought, though Sweeney said he was disappointed the incident played out the way it did.