TRENTON, N.J. (AP/The Blaze) — Gov. Chris Christie has suspended two members of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, including Albert Manzo, the husband of of one the reality television stars of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
According to Christie, Manzo lied about his residency during his nomination hearings, claiming he lived in a brownstone he owns in Paterson, but he and his family actually live in a home located in Franklin Lakes.
"If any of you watch or know about 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' you know where he lives," Christie said.
Manzo defended himself, saying that he has an apartment at the Paterson brownstone and often stays there overnight.
Christie also suspended Michael T. Cricco who was paid for attending commission meetings while still on the clock for his $80,000-a-year job at the Schools Development Authority. Cricco was fired from the SDA on Wednesday after the governor said Cricco ignored an order to use only personal time to attend the meetings.
Manzo and Cricco abused the public's trust, he said. The Republican governor is asking the two to resign from the commission or face disciplinary action.
Christie has in the past called on numerous regional agencies and commissions to reform, but they remain out of his jurisdiction as the state's top executive. He has introduced legislation that would grant the governor more control over the agencies, criticizing them for becoming "patronage farms."
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