O’Toole: ‘We’re talking about a civil dispute’

TRENTON – Writhing throughout the Democrats’ cross-examination of Phillip Kwon, the GOP finally had a chance to go on offense.

An animated state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) asked Kwon if he ever served as the corporate lawyer for the family. Kwon told him no. 

In 2011, the Eastern District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of New York reached out to Kwon’s mother concerning her cash bank payments.

To O’Toole’s questioning, Kwon said he never talked to anyone at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  

“We’re talking about a civil dispute,” said O’Toole, not a criminal matter. “The civil dispute was resolved through the stipulation of settlement.”

O’Toole tried to make competence for office the issue.

He gave Kwon the opportunity to talk about his experience at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including the prosecution of former Mayor Sharpe James. Kwon’s record of excellence goes back to his days at Rutgers Law School, when he made the law review.

The Essex senator asked him point blank if he believes he is qualified to serve as an associate justice on the court.

“I am,” Kwon said. “I am capable.”

O’Toole: ‘We’re talking about a civil dispute’