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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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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