WHEREAS, the New Jersey Legislature enacted the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, P.L. 2000, c.72 ("the Act"), to address inadequacies in the quality, safety and utility of educational facilities throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 24 (2002) directed the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ("EDA") to establish a subsidiary corporation to carry out the statutory obligations of the EDA under the Act; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 24 (2002), the EDA established the entity now known as the Schools Construction Corporation ("SCC"); and
WHEREAS, the composition of the Board of Directors of the SCC was delineated in Executive Order No. 24 (2002); and
WHEREAS, the Attorney General was added to the Board of the SCC pursuant to Executive Order No. 47 (2002); and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 3 (2006) created an Interagency Working Group to review the entire School Construction Program and the laws, regulations, and policies governing educational facilities, as well as the reorganization of the SCC; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 3 (2006) also directed the Attorney General to "provide such assistance to the Schools Construction Corporation as may be necessary to immediately review the adequacy of contracts entered into by the Corporation and to commence legal proceedings to recover monies disbursed due to design errors, overcharging for work completed, or other causes for which the Corporation has a right to seek recovery"; and
WHEREAS, the Attorney General is engaged in the review directed by Executive Order No. 3; and
WHEREAS, it is critical that the Attorney General be independent from the governance of the SCC so as to allow the Attorney General to properly oversee and investigate any possible claims or actions by or against the SCC;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- Paragraph 1(a) of Executive Order No. 24 (2002), as amended, is hereby
amended to replace the Attorney General as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Schools Construction Corporation with a member of the Governor's Executive
Staff who has law enforcement and/or prosecutorial experience.
- Executive Order No. 47 (2002) is hereby rescinded.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
of March, Two Thousand and Six, and of the
Independence of the
United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirtieth.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Stuart Rabner
Chief Counsel to the Governor