Legislative leaders don’t have a timeline for the Select Committee’s investigation into the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez, even though the Assembly co-chair will see her workload balloon when budget season rolls around in a handful of months.
“We’re going to put together the resolution, we’re going to look at that when we do, we’ll get the committees together, we’ll sit down, we’ll lay out a course of action and then we’ll have a sense of where we’re going to go,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said when asked about a timeline for the select committee’s investigation at an unrelated press conference Monday.
Coughlin on Friday announced Assembly Budget Committee Chairwoman Eliana Pintor Marin would serve as the chair of the Assembly’s delegation to the committee.
Budget seasons in New Jersey start as early as February and tend to be grueling for everyone in Trenton, but the chairs of the respective budget committees get the worst of it.
Overseeing that process along with what promises to be a deep probe into the hiring practices of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration might end up being trying, but Coughlin said he had full confidence in Pintor Marin and pushed back against speculation that her selection was an indication he wanted the probe complete before budget season.
“You should take that to mean I have great confidence in Eliana,” Coughlin said. “She conducted herself remarkably well throughout the budget process and I have confidence in her leadership. I have terrific confidence in that Eliana will be able to handle anything that we ask her to do”