Oliver Calls for Answers in Wake of Overdue Resignation of Rutgers Head Attorney Involved in Rice’s Suspension

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) on Thursday called the resignation of former Rutgers interim senior vice president and general counsel John Wolf long overdue and questioned the previous decision to reassign him to another attorney post rather than fire him after he advised the university to suspend Head Basketball Coach Mike Rice.

“The decision making process that has gone on at Rutgers is simply baffling. If Mr. Wolf’s questionable judgment played a role in the suspension, rather than the firing, of Mike Rice, he needed to be held accountable, not reassigned to another sizeable tax payer-funded position.

“Why was the public misled for days to believe that he had left the university? When the governor weighed in on this issue on Monday, was he aware that Mr. Wolf had merely been reassigned? The public deserves to know who was behind this decision making and who knew that Mr. Wolf had merely been reassigned rather than fired.

“This just adds to the growing list of questions we are hoping to have answered when we hold our legislative hearing,” said Oliver.