Christie: Pernetti departure right thing to do

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said this afternoon he supports the Rutgers’ athletic director’s decision to leave in the wake of the scandal involving videotape of the fired basketball coach.

“The decision today by Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to resign is appropriate and necessary given the events of the past six months,” Christie said in a release.

“I commend President Barchi for his decisive leadership in coming to an agreement with Mr. Pernetti to have the Athletic Department of Rutgers University come under new leadership.”

The coach was ousted this week after video surfaced of him using gay slurs and physical intimidation against his players. Pernetti was let go earlier today.

“This entire incident was regrettable and while it has damaged the reputation of our state University, we need to move forward now on a number of fronts which provide great opportunities for Rutgers’ future,” Christie said.

“Completing the ground-breaking merger agreement with UMDNJ. Preparing for our academic and athletic entry into the Big 10 conference. Implementing Rutgers’ share of New Jersey’s $1.3 billion capital commitment to higher education. Finally, conducting a national search for a new athletic director and a new men’s basketball coach for athletic competition next year and in 2014 for our entry to the Big 10.

“I want to thank Tim Pernetti for his many contributions to Rutgers as a student, athlete and athletic director and for taking responsibility for his role in this difficult episode in the 250 year history of Rutgers University.”

Christie: Pernetti departure right thing to do