Senate President Steve Sweeney today tore into Gov. Chris Christie over the governor's appointment of Martin Perez to the Rutgers Board of Governors.
In making the appointment, Christie sidestepped the Senate, which had been holding up Perez's nomination to the board. Perez, a New Brunswick attorney and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, was originally nominated to the position by the governor 18 months ago. Christie was able to appoint Perez under authority granted under the recent higher education restructuring bill, which created two additional governor's appointments to the board.
“The Senate Democrats have decided to play politics with nearly every important nomination I’ve tried to make over the past three years,” Christie said Wednesday in announcing Perez's appointment.
In a statement, Sweeney accused the governor of breaking the law and of pandering to the Hispanic community.
"The governor has shown a reckless disregard for the law, the Rutgers Board of Governors and the people of the state of New Jersey. The legislation clearly states the additional appointments to the board need to be from Camden and Essex counties. The action he announced today is in direct violation of the law," Sweeney said.
Sweeney took aim at Christie's treatment of Hispanics, alleging the governor has harmed Latinos at every turn.
"This is a governor who every year has done more and more to hurt Latinos, as reflected in many of his actions from budget cuts, including vetoing millions of dollars for the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, to opposing tying the CPI to minimum wage or failing to make appointments that reflect the state's diversity. He has made five nominations to the Supreme Court, none of which represent the largest minority group in New Jersey, despite numerous highly qualified candidates."
During last year's statewide redistricting process, Perez was a vocal proponent of the map presented by the Republican committee. Perez agreed with the GOP assessment that the map would create more opportunities for Hispanic candidates.
But Democrats panned the map as an attempt at "packing" or putting as many Latinos as possible into one district to dilute their influence.
"Leading statewide Hispanic organizations directly denounced Mr. Perez for his redistricting map proposal, which would have packed minorities into districts, resulting in their underrepresentation in government and apparently this is his reward. The governor's attempt to curry favor with Latinos through backroom deal-making is wrong and his inability to name qualified candidates to critical positions is absurd in a state as diverse as New Jersey."
A spokesman for the governor did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.Read More >
Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...
By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >
"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.