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Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Gordon Johnson. (Photo: Gordon Johnson.)

No hard date set for Assembly EDA hearings

Hearings may start on June 13

By Nikita Biryukov, May 23 2019 3:26 pm

No concrete start date has been set for the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee’s hearings on the Economic Development Authority’s tax incentive programs, committee chair Gordon Johnson told the New Jersey Globe Thursday.

“I haven’t got gotten a date yet. Out of respect for my members, who’re doing a lot of work this session, we want to make sure that they are available and will be able to fully participate in the hearings,” Johnson said. “I’m guessing maybe June 13th, possibly, and we’ll see how that date goes with the members.”

The EDA is at the center of a growing feud between Gov. Phil Murphy and South Jersey power broker George Norcross.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, a close Norcross ally, convened a special committee to look into the benefits of the tax incentive programs.

The Senate panel is likely to investigate the task force Murphy convened to probe abuses of the EDA’s incentives.

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