Governor Jon S. Corzine, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Senate President Dick Codey and Assemblyman/Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan have called on arrested Assemblymen Mims Hackett and Alfred Steele to resign by the end of the weekend, according to a statement issued by the Democratic State Committee this afternoon.
"I’m saddened that we’re at a position that we had to call for resignations. On the other hand, they had to be done. You can’t tolerate this stuff," the Democrats said in a statement.
The one day response contrasts with the calls for state Senators Wayne Bryant and Sharpe James after their corruption arrests. Cryan was the first legislator to call for their resignations, a week after James was arrested and several months after Bryant was indicted.
"You try to recognize there’s a point of innocence until proven guilty, but you also recognize that the public confidence is there," said Cryan. "We’re in a quandary…. We’re asking for a new candidate 60 days out in a very competitive district and with them is this accusation… It’s something we’ve got to do.”