Sweeney Issues Statement On Comptroller’s Audit Report Of Rutgers’ Procurement Policies

TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) today released the following statement on the State Comptrollers’ audit report concerning procurement policies at Rutgers University:

“The findings of the State Comptroller are indeed disturbing. Rutgers has no justification for failing to implement a competitive bidding process, or for, in some instances, failing to provide even the most basic kinds of oversight. Their failure to even implement their own nepotism policies would be comical if it were not so serious. That is just unacceptable.

“Given today’s difficult economic climate, we should be taking all steps necessary to make education more affordable, not less. Unfortunately, in the end it is the students who suffer the most.

“The recommendations of the audit should be thoroughly reviewed and implemented as quickly and as feasibly as possible. I want to commend the excellent work of Matthew Boxer and his staff for uncovering this information. It reminds us that the ‘State University’ should exemplify the best of what New Jersey has to offer. Their actions in this case certainly fail that test.”