by Dennis Malloy /nj1015.com
This summer Governor Murphy hired someone who served time for taking bribes as a Passaic councilman to work as a special assistant to the State Commissioner of Education.
Marcellus Jackson will serve in the office of civic and social engagement for the department. Whatever the f@$# that is! What it is, is another $70,000 a year job to add to the public payroll and add to Murphy's resume of pandering to minority groups and special interests. This conviction wasn't the result of a youthful indiscretion of being involved with drugs or mischief. No! This was taking $26,000 worth of bribes for special favors in the city he was elected to serve. A clear breach of public trust and a major no-no. The kind of thing that should preclude one from serving in a public capacity in the future. Not now. Not in the Murphy administration.
When asked about the hire of Marcellus Jackson, Murphy said, "I hope we see a lot more than this -- that somebody made a mistake, they admitted it, they repented, they paid their price. We have to get these folks back up 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."