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State Sen. Patrick Diegnan. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Who knows if EDA task force political, Diegnan says

By Nikita Biryukov, May 09 2019 4:46 pm

State Sen. Patrick Diegnan isn’t among those claiming the task force convened by Gov. Phil Murphy to investigate abuses of tax incentive programs administered by the Economic Development Authority is political.

“Who knows what motivations are? And I wouldn’t guess,” Diegnan said. “At this particular point, it’s my feeling if there need to be adjustments, let’s go forward and make the adjustments. I don’t think anybody denies the fact that there has been a rebirth in Camden. Let’s celebrate that and let’s go forward. And that’s the advice I would give the governor and anyone else.”

Charges that the task force was political have chiefly been made by allies of South Jersey power broker George Norcross.

Norcross’s name came up during the task force’s second public hearing last week, when members of the task force grilled an EDA staffer on discrepancies in incentive applications filed by four firms with ties to Norcross.

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