Guadagno sidesteps opportunity to comment on upcoming hearings on halfway houses

TRENTON – Acting Governor Kim Guadagno declined to weigh in on legislative hearings slated for this and next week that are expected to put the state’s halfway house programs under the microscope.

The acting governor was asked today if she had any advice for lawmakers ahead of the two hearings on the state’s halfway house programs that have recently come up for scrutiny.

The Senate Legislative Oversight Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday on the topic, followed by a similar hearing before the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday.

“I’m not going to give any suggestions to the Legislature,” Guadagno said, adding, “I know better than that.”

Guadagno, a former Monmouth County sheriff, said today she had no involvement of any kind with the state’s halfway houses.

The hearings, held by Democrat-controlled committees, come after a 10-month investigation by The New York Times into the state’s halfway house programs, which, among other things, detailed rampant violence, gang activity, drug use, sexual assault and inmate escapes.

Guadagno sidesteps opportunity to comment on upcoming hearings on halfway houses