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Left to right: Rev. Derrick Greene, left, an aide, Jeffrey Dye, center, and Gov. Phil Murphy

Weinberg intends to discuss Dye controversy with leadership

Majority Leader has no plans to revive Select Committee on Oversight

By Nikita Biryukov, September 12 2019 7:01 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said she intends to discuss the possibility of resurrecting the Select Committee on Oversight that investigated the hiring of Al Alvarez following revelations about Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s hiring of Jeffrey Dye.

“I will be talking about that with leadership,” Weinberg said. “I have no plans about that at the moment.”

Dye was hired to a position within the Department of Labor after Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) personally warned Gov. Phil Murphy about the now-former Passaic NAACP head’s history of anti-Semitic and anti-Latino statements.

At separate points, he called Schaer a “slave master” and said the assemblyman and Passaic Mayor Hector Lora hired a “Jewish media hit team” to go after him.

New Jersey Commissioner of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo has said he made the final decision to hire Dye, although it is not immediately clear who, if anyone, advocated for the hire within the governor’s office.

Dye has since lost his position in state government and his position at the president of the Passaic NAACP.

The bicameral Select Committee on Oversight was given broad powers to investigate hiring practices within Murphy’s administration but focused almost completely on the hiring of former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez.

State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan claimed Alvarez sexually assaulted her in April 2017, when he was in charge of Muslim and Latino outreach for Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign, for which Brennan would later volunteer.

Weinberg said the issue did not come up in a leadership meeting between Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and other high-ranking Democrats Thursday.

That meeting, the majority leader said, focused on electronic cigarettes and marijuana.

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