Murphy defends hiring disgraced official


September 19, 2018

By Matt Friedman

Good Wednesday morning!

Gov. Phil Murphy is sticking by his administration’s hiring of Marcellus Jackson — who pleaded guilty to bribery — for a $70,000 special assistant position in the Department of Education.

“I hope we see a lot more of this, that somebody made a mistake, they admitted it, they repented it, they paid their price,” Murphy said at an unrelated press conference. “We have to get these folks back on their feet in society in this state. We have one of the harshest states in the nation in terms of allowing what I just said to happen. Marcellus has done all of the above, and I think we should all accept that that should be the new norm going forward.”

But as Sal Rizzo points out on Twitter, giving people second chances isn’t what’s controversial. It’s giving a person who violated the public trust a second chance working in the government that’s controversial.

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