The state Attorney General’s office plans to conduct a review of the events that led to the physical removal of progressive leader Sue Altman from a State Senate hearing on tax incentives this morning, including a meeting with State Sen. Robert Smith (D-Piscataway).
The State Police will also look into the role State Troopers played in the incident.
“We deeply respect the rights of our citizens to attend public hearings and have their voices heard. In the coming days, our Department intends to discuss with Chairman Smith his decision to direct State Troopers to remove individuals from the hearing room,” a spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General told the New Jersey Globe. “As with any allegation involving the conduct of State Troopers, the New Jersey State Police will review the matter.”
The comment from the Attorney General’s office clearly throws Smith under the bus.
Earlier today, Gov. Phil Murphy called Altman’s treatment “completely outrageous and unacceptable.”He said senators owe Altman, the executive director of New Jersey Working Families, an apology.
“Dissent, hearing both sides of issues, that’s America.,” Murphy said. “We wear that as a badge of honor, even when we don’t agree.”
The episode occurred during the hearing, before Democratic powerbroker George Norcross was called to testify.