A close ally of gov. Chris Chrisite's, state Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-40) will serve as the Senate Republican member of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, according to the Senate Majority Office.
Christie's senate-level mechanic and cross-the-aisle of Senate President Steve Sweeney's (D-3), O'Toole has a reputation as a fierce inquisitor.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Sweeney on Friday announced the other members appointed to the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation.
Sweeney and Prieto appointed:
· Asm. John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), co-chair;
· Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, co-chair;
· Asw. Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic);
· Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris/Somerset);
· Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex/Passaic);
· Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer);
· Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington);
· Asw. Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth);
· Asw. Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen/Passaic);
· Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen);
· Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon).
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