Volume 6/Issue 9

  • Governor Christie Nominates Former U.S. Attorney to N.J. Supreme Court
  • The 2016 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending Released
  • New Executive Director at NJ TRANSIT
  • Stay “In the Loop”

Governor Christie Nominates Former U.S. Attorney to N.J. Supreme Court

Governor Christie announced his intention to nominate Walter “Wally” Timpone to the State Supreme Court on Monday. Mr. Timpone is a former U.S. Attorney and is currently a lawyer in private practice at the firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. He concentrates in the areas of white collar crime, corporate internal investigations, health care compliance and defense, labor law and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Timpone served as the Chief of Special Prosecutions during his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he led the prosecutions and convictions of nearly twenty-five public officials for corruption and fraud against the public.

He also has held many special appointed positions at the federal, state and local levels, including serving as an ombudsman to the United States Department of Defense, as a member of State panel charged with investigating problems with the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles Inspection Program, and as the first Federal Election Monitor in Passaic County.

Mr. Timpone’s nomination ends a nearly six-year disagreement between Governor Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney over the partisan makeup of the seven-member Supreme Court. Ever since the Governor chose not to re-nominate former Supreme Democratic Supreme Court Justice John Wallace in 2010, the Senate President has steadfastly maintained that he will only consider a Democratic nominee to the court, to preserve the bipartisan balance and historical tradition of having four members from the party of incumbent Governor and three from the party of out of power.

As Mr. Timpone’s nomination maintains that balance, the Senate President stated that he expects the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a confirmation hearing “in the very near future.”

The 2016 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending Released

According to data recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education, school districts spent an average of $19,652 per student last year, a 2.2 percent increase from 2013-14. The Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending, provides a comprehensive list of budget information for every school district and charter school in the State, including the cost of teacher pension and benefit payments, student transportation, and facility projects.

Commissioner of Education David Hespe said, "This annual spending guide has been a valuable source of clear, useful data on our schools for taxpayers throughout the state. The guide includes a full accounting for all dollars spent on our schools, providing a complete picture of school spending."

New Executive Director at NJ TRANSIT

Last week, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors appointed William (“Bill”) Crosbie as the new Executive Director of the agency.

Mr. Crosbie is a transportation security expert and professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the transportation field. He most recently served as President, CEO and Regional Director for North America for SYSTRA USA, an international transportation engineering consulting firm. He spent more than seven years as the Chief Operating Officer of Amtrak where he directed the transportation, engineering mechanical police and security, environmental, health, and safety functions.

His appointment is effective April 25, 2016.

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