Time for some policies on state employees to not use personal email accounts

Melissa Hayes reports in today’s Record that “N .J. has no policy on officials’ use of personal emails nearly a year after call for a ban.” In fact it was Gov. Christie’s own “whitewash” Mastro Bridgegate report that called for the administration to impose such a ban. We all remember the infamous Bridget Kelly email sent on her private account: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” And we can’t help but wonder what other private communications took place during Bridgegate and later that involve state business.

As Hayes points out: “The state’s policy on ‘electronic mail/messaging’ does not address the use of private email for government purposes, and neither does the state’s guideline for best practices on managing email.”

It’s time for the legislature to remedy the matter.


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