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Lawmakers push for convict job ban

Sep 28, 2018

A bipartisan group of 40 lawmakers is pushing for a measure that would ban people convicted of public corruption from working for the state, a direct response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s hiring of former Passaic councilman Marcellus Jackson.

Jackson, who admitted to taking bribes in an insurance sting while in office, was hired as an aide to the education commissioner in July.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Friday night that Jackson has submitted his resignation.

“It is my understanding that Marcellus Jackson has tendered his resignation to Commissioner Repollet of the New Jersey Department of Education,” Grewal said in a statement.

Murphy had defended the hiring and said he’d like to “see a lot more of this.” But at least half the Assembly doesn’t.