The Senate Judiciary Committee held the nomination of Middlesex County Sheriff and Democratic County Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority after Spicuzzo, recovering from the flu, was unable to travel to Trenton. State Sen. Robert Smith (D-Piscataway) sought to have Spicuzzo testify by telephone. The panel tried it, but after Spicuzzo had trouble hearing the Senators, and after Republicans objected to the precedent of interviewing nominees by phone, Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) held the nomination. That means Spicuzzo won't get on the Sports Authority until the Senate returns for a lame duck session after the November election.
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