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Kean not happy about Altman removal

‘It shouldn’t have happened,’ minority leader says

By Nikita Biryukov, November 20 2019 10:25 pm

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.

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3 thoughts on “Kean not happy about Altman removal

  1. Unfortunately this bad behavior has been going on. For decades. Mistreatment of women and arresting people and using social media to defame a human soul is a means to control them. It’s horrific Truly the dark underbelly of the Norcross; Sweeney and Mayor Mayer machine. Their hired trolls are part of their dirty ongoing schemes
    Wait till you did out how they do it

  2. Unfortunately this bad behavior has been going on. For decades. Mistreatment of women and arresting people and using social media to defame a human soul is a means to control them. It’s horrific Truly the dark underbelly of the Norcross; Sweeney and Mayor Mayer machine. Their hired trolls are part of their dirty ongoing schemes
    Wait till you find out how they do it

  3. Seeking line light not justice

    I also have video evidence of being extracted from a committee hearing by State Troopers as ordered by the committee chair but no one came to my rescue. I guess you have to be a white progressive women to count in the State House. I wrote a formal complaint, I called the governor’s office numerous times, spoke to representatives of the constituent relations office, and I’ve gotten no one to listen. Next time i am in a Committee room defending Latino immigrants from being deported I’ll wear a skirt and paint my face white.

    We don’t count because we have officially been ignored by our legislators and this progressive governor. I did this the right way, a formal professional written complaint more the 4 months ago, and they tell me they haven’t had the time or resources to investigating the intimidation of a Latino advocate at the State House.

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