So now the State Police take their orders from a legislative staffer with no real legal authority

The Senate Democrats have a new version of events that led to state police protection for lame duck Majority Leader Bernard Kenny: now it was Senate Majority Executive Director Kathleen Crotty – not Senate President Richard Codey or the bi-partisan State House Joint Management Commission, as originally reported – that authorized a State Trooper to drive Kenny between Hoboken and Trenton. Initial reports identified Codey as the authorizing party, but then a Codey aide said it was the JMC. After numerous inquiries by PolitickerNJ.com’s Matt Friedman, Senate Democrats then said it was Crotty.

Albert Porroni, the Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Services and the JMC Counsel, said the JMC does not keep minutes of their meetings.

So now the State Police take their orders from a legislative staffer with no real legal authority