(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Wednesday on Schools Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Marc Larkins’ refusal to appear before the Assembly Education Committee to explain his agency’s continued inactivity:
“Mr. Larkins’ refusal to come before this committee and explain his continued inactivity is an affront to the people of New Jersey and an embarrassment.
“This panel represents the people of this state, and those people deserve answers as to why this $50 million agency, Mr. Larkins and his $195,000 salary continue to do practically nothing when it comes to their single purpose – construct schools throughout New Jersey.
“I’m actually surprised to hear Mr. Larkins’ excuse. How can he be too busy to explain himself when under his leadership this agency has done just about nothing? Seems to me like he must have a lot of free time on his hands to come meet with this committee.
“In April – or nearly a year ago – Gov. Christie said it was ‘important for these school projects to move forward with state financial support’ and promised his ‘administration is committed to providing exemplary educational facilities for our students in all school districts across New Jersey.
“Mr. Larkins himself in November promised results but has failed to deliver.
“Sadly, these words now appear to have been what we’ve come to expect from this administration – empty rhetoric and broken promises.”