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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Select Committee may call more witnesses, co-chairs say

By Nikita Biryukov, March 12 2019 5:35 pm

The Select Committee on Oversight’s co-chairs aren’t ready to say the committee is done calling witnesses or holding hearings.

“We will be meeting with our attorneys,” Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said. “We have to work on the report. We will decide whether we want to call back any other witnesses, whether we want to get into some of the discrepancies or inconsistencies, and that will be a joint decision.”

The committee had initially aimed to sunset by the end of February to allow Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin to focus on the coming year’s budget — she chairs the Assembly Budget Committee — but the special panel is still active two weeks into March.

Former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez, the man at the center of the committee’s investigation, testified before the body Tuesday.

His testimony contradicted the statements, also made under oath, of several officials with ties to Gov. Phil Murphy, including his former chief of staff Pete Cammarano, chief counsel Matt Platkin and Jose Lozano, who was executive director of Murphy’s transition.

“At this point, we’re not ready to say whether this is the end of the road,” Pintor Marin said.

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