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Sweeney: Special Committee investigation will take as long as it takes

By Nikita Biryukov, January 02 2019 6:21 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney on Wednesday said the Special Committee on Oversight’s investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez could run past the end of February, a soft deadline set by committee co-chair Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg,

“You can’t predetermine what comes out of an investigation. you’ve got to let the investigation take its course, and if it gets done early, it’s done early. If it takes a little bit longer, it takes a little bit longer,” Sweeney said. “At the end of the day, people have to be confident that it’s been thorough and fair, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

The committee’s next meeting is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 8, and an additional meeting, reported by NJ Advanced Media, has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10 to allow outgoing Murphy chief of staff Pete Cammarano to finish testimony he began during the committee’s Dec. 18 hearing.

Names have been added to the body’s list of witnesses with each subsequent meeting, and according the NJ Advanced Media report, the committee will hear from five new witnesses next week: Murphy transition chairman Jose Lozano; campaign counsel Jonathan Berkon; transition counsel Raj Parikh; Parimal Garg, the governor’s deputy chief counsel; and Heather Taylor, the chief ethics officer in the governor’s office.

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