Tag Archive: Scutari

2018 Democratic Leadership Team

Retweeted Steve Sweeney (@NJSenatePres): I am pleased to announce the outstanding leadership team of Majority Leader @SenatorLorettaW, President Pro Temp M. Teresa Ruiz, Deputy Majority Leader & Budget Chair @PaulASarlo, Deputy Majority Leader & Higher Education Chair Sandra Cunningham &…
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NJDOE Commissioner Cerf’s Ethics: Safety Scissors Sharp

NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf was the ACTING Commissioner for 18 months. His nomination was blocked by State Senator Ron Rice under senatorial courtesy; Rice wanted Cerf to testify before his committee about his relationship with Mayor Cory Booker and shady dealings with charter schools in Newark. Since Rice is the senator representing Montclair, Cerf’s hometown, he invoked his privilege to block the nomination.

So, how did Cerf finally get confirmed? He simply claimed that he had moved to be closer to work. Strangely, he decided to move not to Trenton, but to Montgomery, which just happens to be represented by a Republican senator, Kip Bateman.

At Cerf’s hearing, the Senate Judiciary Chairman expressed his displeasure with this slick move:

Closing Remarks on Phillip Kwon

Below is a video of the closing remarks by each of the senators and their vote in the confirmation hearing of Phillip Kwon. It begins with the Republicans. The Democrats follow, starting with Senator Weinberg at the 24:10 mark.