Michael Cricco and Albert Manzo, commissioners of the Wanaque-based North Jersey District Water Supply Commission who were fired last week by Gov. Chris Christie, submitted their official resignation Monday.
Christie on Thursday charged Cricco was attending commission meetings when he should have been at his job at the state Schools Development Authority. Christie also moved to fire Cricco at the SDA.
In a letter to the Water Supply Commission, Cricco declared, "I have not engaged in any wrongdoing, and at all times, I have acted in the best interests of the commission and my public responsibilities."
Cricco added, “I understand the right of the governor to have commissioners of his choosing. I believe he is doing what he feels is in the best interest of New Jersey and I respect that.”
Manzo wrote the commission that his position had "become a distraction and require the commission to incur unnecessary legal expenses."
Christie said Manzo had listed his Paterson restaurant as his home address when applying to be a commissioner when he actually resides in Franklin Lakes. The governor’s noted that Manzo's appearances with his wife Caroline on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" was proof that he was not "sleeping on a cot" in the restaurant.
– TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM