On the day after Governor Chris Christie ripped the ugly exterior of the Xanadu complex at a town hall meeting in Nutley, State Senator Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck said in a release that the Governor should be more concerned with the relative lack of transparency surrounding his administration’s negotiations with third-party developers to rekindle the stalled project.
“It’s pretty plain to see that the exterior of the Xanadu project needs a lot of work,” said Weinberg. “What’s not so apparent is whether Governor Christie and his administration are negotiating a good deal for the taxpayers of the State of New Jersey, because these negotiations have had zero transparency since they were announced on Christmas Eve. Multiple attempts to get information about what’s being discussed and what’s at stake have so far been ignored by the Governor and his administration.”
Weinberg, in a letter to Christie Friday, said that any negotiations concerning a substantial investment of taxpayer money should be conducted “under the light of public scrutiny, with a full accounting of the cost to the taxpayer, and the return on their investment.” She said that such consideration of public transparency and accountability standards is not taking place in this instance.
An administration spokesman said the governor would have no comment at this time on Weinberg’s letter.