Cardinale grills Casino Control Commission candidate on tax payments, meeting attendance

TRENTON – Questions regarding one person’s property tax payments and scant attendance as a governing body member looked like it would threaten one nomination today.

But in the end, the nomination was released.

Alisa Cooper, who has been nominated to serve on the Casino Control Commission, came under heavy questioning today by Senate Judiciary Committee member Gerry Cardinale, (R-39), Demarest. 

Cooper said before questions were asked that “I’m prepared to hit the ground running.  I won’t let you down.”

But Cardinale had just received documents that he said showed Cooper had been late on her property tax payments 16 times between 2001 and 2010.

“Can you tell me if that’s true, partially true,” Cardinale said.

Cooper said she has always paid her taxes on time.

She later said there might have been some late payments while she was recuperating from shoulder and knee surgeries. 

Cardinale later pointed out that as a member of the state Arts Council, she missed nine of 15 council meetings between 2008 and 2011. 

Cooper said the meetings she wasn’t physically at she participated in by phone.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck, said the questions Cardinale was asking were derived from documents nobody else has seen.

Because of that, they held off on the vote until everyone on the committee received the information.