DeAngelo: Civil Service Commission Tries to Sneak Through Rule Changes with Limited Debate

Questions if Commission and Governor Truly Believe Veterans Shouldn’t be Credited with Service

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) released the following statement Wednesday on proposed rule changes being considered by the Civil Service Commission with little public input:

“Any changes that impact civil services rules in New Jersey, especially ones that weaken long-standing protections, deserve better than to be heard in a late afternoon hearing with limited opportunity for public discourse and input.

“I’m concerned these little-discussed changes will threaten the safeguards ensured by civil service rules against cronyism and corruption. Perhaps they don’t, but with so little time to review them, nobody can legitimately argue that these changes have received a fair hearing.

“I’m especially concerned about changes that would inexplicably impact veterans. Does Gov. Christie agree that veterans should not receive credit for time spent defending our nation? That’s a question the commission and administration need to answer.”