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By Tom Hester | February 7th, 2013 - 1:48pm
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Prieto: Time to Subpoena Treasurer

Treasurer Refuses to Appear at Assembly Budget Panel to Discuss Sandy Funding

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday after state Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff failed to appear before the Assembly Budget Committee to discuss Hurricane Sandy relief funding:

“The treasurer’s failure to appear today to discuss concerns about the administration’s usage of Sandy relief funding is an absolute insult to the people of New Jersey. The taxpayers deserve answers to the many questions about whether this money is being spent properly with firms such as AshBritt, but instead they get political gamesmanship. That is unacceptable.

“The treasurer is being disrespectful to this committee, but most concerning, he’s being disrespectful to the taxpayers who pay his salary and benefits and expect him to do his job and provide answers to basic questions.

“This is the fourth time in recent months that the treasurer has failed to appear before this committee to discuss important issues. My patience has evaporated..."

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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

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