Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine said if elected he would stand in the way of attempts by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to block Gov. Chris Christie's appointment of Martin Perez to the Rutgers Board of Governors.
“Mr. Perez is a solid appointment by our Governor,” said Levine, who's running against incumbent Democrat state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17). “My heart and concerns are with Rutgers, because it falls in my Senate district. Also, I have both a BA and an MBA from RU. To politicize Rutgers, our nationally respected, major research university, is deplorable.”
Smith fought the appointment with senatorial courtesy.
Perez heads the Latino Leadership Alliance, whose PAC endorsed Christie for governor.
“I am behind Mr. Perez, I am behind the Latino Leadership Alliance, and I am behind our Governor,” said Levine. “I will personally stand in the way of anyone who tries to remove Martin Perez from my alma mater, Rutgers University. It is ridiculous to attempt to eliminate good service when you have a quality candidate, especially for political reasons.
“Senator Smith should be independent and stand up to the man he elected to be the N.J. Senate President to end his war on Rutgers,” the mayor added. “I love Rutgers, my alma mater, and will protect our prized State University, while improving its operations and status.”
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