Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) said attorney Lori Grifa of Montclair is a “nice person,” but the former governor has questions that he will need answered in a sit-down session before waving ahead Gov. Chris Christie’s selection to run the Department of Community Affairs.
“My only concern is, ‘What does she know about local government?'” said Codey. “She is a nice person. But I do have a concern about her knowledge. Traditionally, we have put people there who have real expertise and know the differences between suburban towns and urban towns and their needs.”
Codey said he believed former DCA Commissioner Joe Doria of Bayonne, who resigned last year after feds raided his home on the morning of Operation Broken Boards but was never charged, ran the department well for former Gov. Jon Corzine.
“I like Joe Doria, I don’t care what anybody says,” said Codey. “He knew and he understood.”