An argument transpired between Assemblywoman Joan Quigley and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa Tuesday about the governor’s “tool kit” reforms and which outstanding bills of the reform package she would like to see enacted.
Grifa responded that a bill regarding the reform of “civil service” would be at the top of her list.
However, Quigley responded at the Budget Committee hearing that the Legislature passed it, and “as far as we’re concerned,” the tool kit bill was passed.
Grifa pointed out that Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it, because the legislation did not contain a provision that would enable towns with civil services to opt out. So, that reform bill was not enacted, she said.
“Well then I suggest you talk to the governor.”
Grifa said she has called Quigley’s office to receive the list of tool kit bills ahead of time, but she got no response.
“Pass me the list, pass it to me now. I realize I did not get it in advance.”
“Is that an order?” Quigley said.
“It’s a request,” Grifa responded.
“It’s incumbent upon him to work with us,” Committee Chairman Albert Coutinho said about the civil service legislation Christie vetoed.