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"Unfortunately, we have seen too often that people will take advantage of a crisis to better themselves at the public’s expense," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) told The Star-Ledger Thursday.
"We can’t allow that in New Jersey. These monitors will save money by ensuring funds are spent efficiently and effectively and by overseeing the ethical conduct and proper behavior of those we are entrusting to help rebuild our state."
Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) said the legislation they plan to introduce soon would provide for several paid "integrity monitors," probably working under the Treasury Department or Comptroller’s office, to oversee rebuilding projects.
An independent consultant who examined New York's spending for Superstorm Sandy found what he believes are questionable transactions and practices ......The consultant, who was expelled by the state after issuing a series of recommendations to improve procurement practices, said it appeared from his examination that government officials bought and rented equipment that should have been stockpiled or lined up months or years earlier, and sought to acquire assets that didn't seem necessary for the immediate tasks at hand.