STAR-LEDGER BACKS SPEAKER OLIVER’S CALL FOR AUDIT OF CHRISTIE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The Star-Ledger on Monday backed Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver’s call for an audit of the Christie school construction program:

“It’s an enduring mystery: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is one of many still trying to get to the bottom of how the state selected the 10 school construction projects it approved in poor districts.

“Mark Larkins, the state’s head of school construction, hasn’t explained. During an hours-long grilling before the Assembly Education Committee on March 15, he dodged probing questions about the final factors for picking projects. He maintained there was no documentation to explain how those decisions were made, but ultimately agreed to provide more information to committee members. He still hasn’t set a time line for that, and won’t even say which questions he will answer. That’s why it’s a good idea for the state auditor to look into how this $584 million worth of projects was selected, as Oliver has formally requested. Auditor Stephen Eells has agreed to discuss that option — he has limited resources to do investigations, so it’s too bad it had to come to this…”

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