The Jersey Journal's Auggie Torres writes that Senate President Dick Codey provided retiring Senate Minority Bernard Kenny with a state trooper chauffeur.
Kenny, who was injured in a mysterious incident that police say was likely a hit-and-run over the summer, accepted the offer, terminating the employment of long-time aide and driver Joe Shine.
"He kicked me to the curb. He'll say I quit, but don't you believe it," Shine told Torres.
Codey chief-of-staff A.J. Sabath emphasized that it was the Joint Management Commission, not Codey, who authorized the state trooper, and that he only drives Kenny to and back from Trenton during session and committee days. After the last session on January 7th, he will no longer be in Kenny's service.
The commission apparently thought that a possible hit-and-run warranted protection.
"The Joint Management Commission authorized Sen. Kenny on an as-needed basis to utilize a trooper to transport him from his home and back to Trenton on committee and session days. On instances where circumstances that effect the security of a member occur, this is a pretty common action and it’s happened in the past," said Sabath. “The trooper is not a chauffeur, he’s a protector.”