Special Committee attorneys take tough line on Garg

Attorneys working for the Special Committee on Oversight questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s Deputy Chief Counsel Parimal Garg in a more hostile manner than other witnesses that have already testified before the committee. In his opening statement, Garg said State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Chief of Staff Katie Brennan initially reached out to him at Murphy’s inaugural ball Jan. 16, 2018, saying she had information about “serious wrongdoing” by a

Coughlin names Select Committee members, Counsel

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the contingent of members from his chamber that will sit on the Select Committee investigation into the hiring of Al Alvarez by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. Coughlin named Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz the committee’s vice chair. Assembly members Angela McKnight, Pamela Lampitt, Verlina Reynolds Jackson, Gordon Johnson, Nancy Pinkin, Bettylou DeCroce and Holly Schepisi will sit on the committee. Joseph A. Hayden, a former deputy state

Sweeney, Coughlin have no problems with Porrino

New Jersey Democratic legislative leadership don’t have any problem with Gov. Phil Murphy retaining former Gov. Chris Christie chief counsel Christopher Porrino as his administration faces upcoming probes into its hiring of Al Alvarez. “I anticipated that the governor and expected that the governor would have counsel,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said. “I don't know Attorney General Porrino very well, but I know by reputation is a very fine lawyer,

Sweeney picks Critchley as counsel for Alvarez probe

Senate President Steve Sweeney has named Michael Critchley, one of the state's top criminal defense lawyers, to serve as counsel to the Select Committee on Investigation. The bi-partisan joint legislative panel was announced yesterday to probe the handling of sexual assault allegations made against Al Alverez, a former Murphy administration official and campaign staffer. Sweeney said that Critchley will be paid $350-per-hour, the same rate Gov. Phil Murphy is paying

U.S. Attorney ends speculation about Norcross

The U.S. Department of Justice has put a stop to rumors that George Norcross, one of New Jersey’s most powerful political leaders, is involved in any federal investigation of procurement tax credits. In a letter obtained by the New Jersey Globe, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig has notified Norcross’ attorney, Michael Critchley, that the matter has been closed. “Based on a review of the applicable law and evidence