Treasurer takes heat for lack of diversity

TRENTON – The state treasurer was criticized for the lack of diversity within the Department of Treasury’s upper-level staff.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, (D-15), Trenton, pointed out during this afternoon’s Assembly Budget Committee hearing that Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff has failed to surround himself with a diverse group of administrators.

“There are 15 people here, two are women and one is an African American,” she said, adding that hiring women and minorities should be “an important thing for (his) office to pay attention to.”

The issue was brought up after Coleman asked Sidamon-Eristoff a series of questions pertaining to the governor’s budget proposal.

Coleman then pointed out that a significant number of Sidamon-Eristoff’s staff were in the audience at the hearing, and asked the treasurer how many of those individuals were women and minorities.

“I don’t actually keep a score sheet,” Sidamon-Eristoff responded.

Coleman criticized the treasurer for not having a work force that reflex’s New Jersey’s diverse population.

Treasurer takes heat for lack of diversity