Sweeney stymies Cerf hearing

TRENTON – State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), West Deptford, shut down the Thursday hearing for Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf based largely on discomfort about Cerf’s declared residency status, a source said. 

A resident of Montclair in Essex County, Cerf sought refuge in Somerset County, away from the entanglement of Essex County Sen. Ronald L. Rice’s (D-28), Newark, invocation of senatorial courtesy to block him.

But Sweeney told fellow lawmakers the Senate wouldn’t hear Cerf as anything other than a resident of Essex County.

“We talked about it and the consensus was we wouldn’t hear him this Thursday,” state Sen. Nick Scutari, (D-22), Linden, told PolitickerNJ.com.

Scutari was prepared to give Cerf a hearing but Sweeney decided to take Cerf off the agenda.

Rice told PolitickerNJ.com he’s not budging on his opposition to Cerf’s nomination.

Sweeney stymies Cerf hearing