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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Weinberg calls for public release of review into Altman removal

Activist dragged out of Senate hearing last month

By Nikita Biryukov, December 03 2019 9:47 am

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg called on the Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to publicly release the results of their review into the removal of NJ Working Families Director Sue Altman from a Senate hearing last month.

“The administration was very public in announcing the review, they should maintain a similar commitment to the public release of the findings. They should do a thorough review of what occurred and share the outcome publicly,” Weinberg said. “If there are any changes we need to make to the policies and practices for public hearings this information will be invaluable.”

The New Jersey Globe first reported the existence of the review into Altman’s removal.

Last week, Politico New Jersey reported the results of the probe would not be released to the public.

“I also believe that the administration should live up to the spirit and intent of these standards by making the findings of this review public,” Weinberg said. “While we have no reasons to think that the State Troopers did anything wrong, the review of their actions and decisions will help maintain the public’s trust.”

Altman was dragged out of a Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies hearing where George Norcross testified after the powerbroker’s supporters cheered and his opponents booed following the testimony of the committee’s first panel of witnesses.

Others were asked to leave following the outburst, but Altman was the only person forcefully removed from the proceedings.

“I do not condone anyone from being prevented from observing the public’s business – let alone removing people from the State House without good reason,” Weinberg said. “We must preserve the rights of the public at the same time we protect the safety and security of public hearings. The public release of the review and its findings are vital in this effort.”

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