PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Chris Donnelly | July 21st, 2014 - 4:44pm
| More

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today held a press conference to discuss the administrations recent release of integrity monitor reports dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The reports lacked detail and were not what the Senate President had in mind when he introduced this legislation in the winter of 2013.

“My intention when I sponsored this legislation was to have these reports done as quickly as possible so that we could both prevent problems and find ways to correct them,” said Sweeney.  “Unfortunately, these are months overdue and they are underwhelming to say the least. I was hoping for more detail, especially regarding what was just recently determined to be the second most expensive storm in the last half century. I am certainly disappointed in what was provided to us.  It does not resemble what my intention was when I proposed this legislation.”

Senate President Sweeney first introduced legislation calling for integrity monitors in February, 2013. The bill was signed into law the following month. The first integrity monitors, however, were not put in place until January, 2014, nearly one year after the governor signed the bill. The first reports were not delivered to the Legislature until last week, 21 months after Sandy hit.

The reports did not include any information with regard to the Cohn Reznik contract, the group hired by the Department of Community Affairs to serve as the Integrity Oversight Monitor.  The report talks about the Belmar Boardwalk, despite the fact that the boardwalk was completed almost a year before the monitors were put into place. In other instances, more detailed information was withheld under the claim that it was not public information.

"The reports all need to be released now - every one of them," Fair Share Housing Center Staff Attorney Adam Gordon said. "How can anyone claim these reports are really providing the intended transparency on New Jersey's Sandy recovery when, after spending over $5 million on them, the Christie Administration refuses to release them?"

“This is simply a continuation of this administration’s failure on Sandy recovery,” added Sweeney.  “And, just like with the ‘Sandy Bill of Rights,’ the people who get hurt in the end are the taxpayers and the victims of the storm.  I certainly expected better than this.”

Contact Info: 

Chris Donnelly

New Jersey Senate Democratic Office

609-847-3700

www.njsendems.org

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 12th

Stockton Poll: Christie approval rating at 53% in NJ; Obama's at 44% Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings in New Jersey crack 50%, while fewer voters approve of the job President Obama is doing, according to a Stockton Polling Institute poll released today. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/81166/stockton-poll-christie-approval-rating-53-nj-obamas-44     NJ...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

(9-10-14) Chief Justice Rabner Faces Funding Challenges as Top Court Administrator - Escalating legal fees for litigation is an unintended consequence of underfunding the Court System. ... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"The Republican Governors Association raised $130,000 from tobacco companies during Christie’s stint as the group’s chairman, according to the most recent filings in June. The veto allows Christie to keep the peace with tobacco companies — and may very well prevent them from investing heavily in a presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, whose operatives could use the cash to finance attack ads against Christie in a tight primary contest." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Who is the GREATEST among these NJ native legends? (Part II, Polling ends Sunday at midnight):

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources