Christie nominates 6 to repopulate embattled Passaic Valley sewerage commission

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Gov. Chris Christie has taken a step toward repopulating the board of the embattled Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

Christie nominated six commissioners Friday.

More than 100 employees have been fired in recent years amid allegations of nepotism, mismanagement and excessive salaries.

In March, two former supervisors — including a former chief ethics liaison — were convicted of using on-duty employees to perform personal home improvements and repairs.

The sewerage commission operates the state's largest wastewater treatment plant and serves more than a million people in Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties.

The six nominees must be approved by the state Senate. They are Thomas Tucci Jr. and Joseph Morris Jr. to represent Essex County; Ulysses Isa and Sandra Vasquez for Hudson County, and Kenneth Lucianin and Scott Heck for Passaic County.

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