New Jersey governor Phil Murphy just added a new member to his administration. Marcellus Jackson is going to work in an education department office, despite the fact that he once served time for bribery.
Murphy administration hires former council member who served prison time for bribery
A former Passaic City Council member who served time in prison for taking bribes has been hired by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration as a special assistant in the Department of Education’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement, a spokesman for the agency confirmed Monday.
Marcellus Jackson was among 11 officials arrested in a 2007 corruption sweep orchestrated by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, dubbed Operation Broken Boards.
POLITICO first learned of Jackson’s job, which pays $70,000, through an invitation from the NAACP’s Passaic branch to its Oct. 27 “2nd Annual Freedom Fund Community Service Award Luncheon.” The invitation lists Jackson’s position as “special assistant to the state commissioner of education.”
Also being honored at the luncheon are Assembly members Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (both D-Passaic), state Democratic Chairman John Currie and Passaic Deputy Mayor Minnie Hiller-Cousins.
“Mr. Jackson is remorseful for his actions, he has taken responsibility, and he has since paid his debt to society. We want to give people a second chance and help them with a successful and productive re-entry into society,” Department of Education spokesman Michael Yaple said in a statement Monday.
Do the people of New Jersey have any voter remorse for electing Murphy yet? He has been a disaster from the beginning.