Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo, who was hospitalized for two days this week as he recovers from the flu, is in Trenton now after the Senate Judiciary Committee refused to allow him to testify by telephone as Gov. Jon Corzine's nominee for Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Legislators, anxious to address the key issues of the day – the passage of a state budget and the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin – are now delayed as the Judiciary panel prepares to reconvene to consider Spicuzzo, the Middlesex County Democratic Chairman.
Had Spicuzzo not appeared in Trenton today, consideration of his appointment would have been postponed until after the November general election.
Update: In an interesting accommodation for a County Chairman, the Senate Judiciary Committee will reconvene after the Senate Democratic Caucus is completed to consider the nomination of Joseph Spicuzzo to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.