Calling it a clear betrayal of the public trust, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove questioned how the Murphy Administration could rationalize, legally and morally, hiring a corruption-convicted ex-public official for a $70,000-a-year job with the New Jersey Department of Education.
Calling it a clear betrayal of the public trust, 9th District Legislators question how the Murphy Administration could rationalize hiring a corruption-convicted ex-public official for a $70,000-a-year job with the NJ DOE. (SenateNJ.com)
The 9th District Delegation’s comments were in response to the controversy surrounding the state’s hiring of former Passaic councilman Marcellus Jackson who pled guilty to bribery charges in 2007. Amid a recent firestorm of criticism, the individual has since resigned from his state position.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement in response to constituent outreach regarding the controversy:
“State law already disqualifies a convicted public official from any public office. How, then, was this individual hired, let alone determined to be more qualified than persons who haven’t been convicted of betraying their oath of office and the public trust?
“Governor Murphy contends that the hiring was about second chances. What about denying a qualified person, who’s never broken the law, their chance at an employment opportunity? Aside from the legal questions, there is also the issue of the alarming precedent that would be set for the hiring of government employees.
“Poorly-conceived, politically-driven social policies, including sanctuary cities, continue to erode the rule of law to the detriment of law-abiding citizens while demonstrating how extreme government has become. Taxes appear to be the only laws the state has any interest in enforcing with intent.”
“Adhering to the rule of law means protecting the people from being victimized by public corruption- not excusing it. To that end, we are proudly joining with our respected legislative colleague Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi who has introduced legislation to reinforce and clarify that convicted public officials are barred from public office.”