The Assembly Judiciary Committee oversees legislation dealing with capital punishment, civil justice, civil rights, court administration, crime and punishment, juvenile justice, criminal justice and the overall judicial system.
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McKeon statement on Christie/Exxon Mobil settlementNew Jersey Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement Thursday on the Chrisite administration's announced $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corporation. As the Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman, McKeon plans a March 19 committee hearing on the settlement:
"This announcement does little to explain this questionable decision by Gov. Christie and his administration. We still have no rationale for the monetary settlement nor specifics on how the contamination will be cleaned. This matter continues to need a full public discussion, and I look forward to inviting acting Attorney General Hoffman and Commissioner Martin to testify at the upcoming hearing..."
Prieto & McKeon: N.J. Assembly to Hold Hearing on Questionable Christie Administration Settlement with Exxon MobilAssembly to Give Issue Public Discussion amid Disturbing & Unexplained Reports of Scant Settlement Amount
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman John McKeon on Wednesday announced the committee will convene a hearing on the Christie administration's reported decision to settle an $8.9 billion lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for just $250 million.
"If what's been reported is accurate, then this is an egregiously irresponsible decision that raises many, many questions and concerns," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "The public health of our residents and our environment are priorities, especially in areas long subject to pollution and misuse. That's why this settlement would be difficult to comprehend. Taxpayers deserve a public discussion as to how such a decision could be made. The Assembly intends to give it to them..."
Testing Opt-Out, Studying PARCC Effectiveness, Displaced Casino Worker Training, N.J. Stolen Valor Act & Banning Upskirting Top Thursday Assembly CommitteesTransportation Trust Fund Status Discussion Also on Tap
Allowing parents to exclude their child from standardized testing and studying the effectiveness of the PARCC exam, creating workforce training for former casino workers, the New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, studying start times for middle and high schools and establishing the crime of upskirting are among the bills that highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.
A discussion on the state of New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund is also on tap...