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Corrado Seeks Hiring Investigation by Legislative Oversight Committee

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The vice-chair of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee to investigate the Murphy Administration’s hiring practices, Senator Kristin Corrado is calling for the panel to reconvene in light of questions surrounding the employment of a now-fired staff member of the governor.

“The committee left some glaring unfinished business,” Corrado said. “Summer is over. We need to get back to Trenton, sort out the mess and hold the administration accountable for what has become a long and growing list of hiring scandals.”

Sen. Kristin Corrado is calling for the Legislative Select Oversight Committee to reconvene in light of questions surrounding the employment of a now-fired staff member. (SenateNJ.com)

The most recent scandal erupted this summer, after the LSOC issued its closing report in June over the objection of Corrado and committee member Senator Steven Oroho, who at the time released a minority statement detailing the investigation’s shortfalls.

Jeffrey Dye, the Passaic County NAACP president and political ally of Murphy, was fired from his state job with the Department of Labor after a series of racist and anti-Semitic social media comments came to light. Later it was revealed the administration had been warned against hiring Dye by a long-time Democrat Assemblyman, and that he has a criminal record.

“It’s alarming the administration would ignore the red flags and give this man a job,” said Corrado (R-40). “There is clearly a systemic problem in the front office. Doesn’t character count for anything when you want a job with the Murphy team?”

Corrado reiterated her call for the LSOC to complete a thorough investigation of hiring policies within the administration, and the dubious employment moves at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and the Economic Development Authority.

“I had been calling for an investigation into hiring even before the LSOC was created, and the committee only scratched the surface,” Corrado said, adding that to “get to the bottom of this, we need witnesses released from Gov. Murphy’s non-disclosure agreements so they can testify truthfully.”

Corrado’s minority statement cited other disturbing hiring examples that should be examined by the committee, including:

  • Employment of Derrick Green in the Secretary of State’s office while he was under investigation for a major campaign finance scandal in Bermuda. Green had been paid more than $2 million as a consultant for the Murphy campaign and may have connections to Dye.
  • Hiring of Marcellus Jackson in the education department despite his conviction on federal corruption charges. He worked on Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign.
  • Employment of Lewis Daidone at the Department of Transportation. A former executive at Citigroup, he was accused of defrauding thousands of clients by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
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NOW LAW: Corrado Bill Adding Mental Health Education to NJ School Curriculum

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) bipartisan legislation to incorporate mental health education into New Jersey public school’s health class curriculum has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to incorporate mental health education into New Jersey public school’s health class curriculum has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Empowering students to recognize the warning signs of mental illness, and knowing how to ask for help, will ensure more kids have access to the support and treatment they need sooner, rather than later,” Corrado said. “I strongly believe that educating kids about the significance of mental health will break the stigma and save lives.”

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Corrado Bill Outlawing Leasing of Dogs & Cats Signed Into Law

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has been signed into law.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“Families are being deceived into thinking they’re purchasing a high-end breed with the promise of an affordable monthly payment plan, not realizing they’re actually signing a two- or three-year lease that could result in their pet being repossessed,” said Corrado (R-40). “This deceptive practice of renting-to-own puppies and kittens employed by sinister pet brokers is cruel and must be stopped.”

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NOW LAW: Corrado Bill Requiring Public Employees Convicted of Sex Offenses to Forfeit Pensions

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Any public employee or elected official who is convicted of committing a sex offense while on the job will be required to forfeit their state pension, under a newly enacted law that was sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado.

Any public employee or elected official who is convicted of committing a sex offense while on the job will be required to forfeit their state pension under a newly enacted law sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado. (©iStock)

“Anyone who has the audacity to use their taxpayer-funded position of power to assault a coworker doesn’t deserve a state pension,” Corrado (R-40) said. “Public service is about helping people and making the state you work for a better, safer place for all. Anyone who commits a crime that is contrary to that mission, whether it’s an ethics violation or a sex offense, shouldn’t be paid by the state for life. We need to confront this crisis head-on and ensure that people know there are real consequences for committing crimes in the workplace.”

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Corrado Statement on Judiciary’s Action to Improve Treatment of Sexual Assault Survivors

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Senator Kristin Corrado, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to actions announced by the New Jersey Judiciary today to address the concerning behavior of several judges in recent sexual assault cases:

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s statement on actions announced by the Judiciary to address the concerning behavior of several judges in recent sexual assault cases. (©iStock)

“I commend the Chief Justice and the Judiciary for taking seriously the concerns that many of us have raised regarding the abhorrent treatment of sexual assault victims in our state’s courtrooms,” said Corrado (R-40). “These are good first steps that will begin the process of restoring the confidence of survivors to seek the justice they deserve through our courts.”

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Corrado Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis Signed into Law

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Two pieces of bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado to combat New Jersey’s growing opioid crisis have been signed into law by the Governor.

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado to combat New Jersey’s growing opioid crisis have been signed into law. (©iStock)

“Raising awareness is an important step that will help us to battle the crisis of opioid abuse that’s plaguing New Jersey and save lives,” said Corrado (R-40). “We’re ensuring that individual patients who are prescribed opioids are warned of the potential danger of addiction. On a larger scale, we’re going to highlight the vast scope of this disease to reduce the stigma of talking about it or seeking help. These efforts will work in tandem to educate patients and the general public about this growing problem.”

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Corrado Legislation Will Require Training for Judges & Court Personnel to Improve Treatment of Sexual Assault Survivors

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Following her call yesterday for increased training for New Jersey judges on dealing with sexual assault survivors in their courtrooms, Senator Kristin Corrado will introduce legislation that requires the Judiciary to develop and implement such a training program. Additionally, the legislation sets minimum standards to ensure the training is thorough, and requires it to be conducted annually.

Sen. Kristin Corrado will introduce legislating requiring the judiciary to develop and implement a program to train judges on how to deal with sexual assault survivors in their courtrooms. (©iStock)

“We need to ensure that judges and court personnel are better trained about what behavior is appropriate in cases involving allegations of sexual assault,” said Corrado (R-40). “Because whatever training the courts are doing now, it clearly is not working. We still have judges making despicable comments from the bench that may make survivors think twice about pursuing justice.”

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Corrado Calls for Updated Training for Judges Following Outrageous Comments from the Bench in Rape Cases

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Says it’s inconceivable that judges continue to demonstrate an antiquated mentality towards rape

Senator Kristin Corrado said that outrageous comments from a pair of New Jersey judges in recent sexual assault cases make it clear that better training is needed for those who sit on the bench.

Sen. Kristin Corrado called for better training for judges after outrageous comments from the bench in a pair of recent rape cases. (©iStock)

“It’s outrageous that we have judges serving today in New Jersey courtrooms who think it’s appropriate to downplay the severity of sexual assault perpetrated against young girls,” said Corrado (R-40). “The focus of those judges on protecting alleged rapists from the consequences of their vile actions is contrary to all of the advances we have made in recent years to help sexual assault survivors pursue the justice they deserve.”

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Bateman and Corrado Bills to Improve Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) and Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank has passed the State Senate.

Sens. Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman’s legislation that would approve and provide affordable loans to local governments and public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects through the NJ Infrastructure Bank has passed the Senate. (Pixabay)

“Superstorm Sandy has had a devastating and lasting impact on the quality of our water pipes, sewer systems, and storm water infrastructure,” Bateman said. “In my area, for example, the funding slated for Somerville Borough and Raritan Township’s Municipal Utilities Authority will keep the water resources in our communities safe, without putting an additional burden on local property taxpayers. Providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure statewide will protect the public health of New Jerseyans and the overall environment of the Garden State.”

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Corrado Bill Outlawing Pet Leasing Passes Senate

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s legislation to prohibit the leasing of domestic dogs and cats has passed the State Senate. (©iStock)

“Our pets are an integral part of the American family,” said Corrado. “Good people are being deceived into thinking they’re purchasing a high-end breed with the promise of affordable monthly payment plans, not realizing they’re actually signing a two or three-year lease that could result in their pet being repossessed. This deceptive practice of renting-to-own puppies employed by sinister pet brokers is cruel and must be stopped.”

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