State Democrats are demanding an investigation of Niki Trunk, an employee with the state Comptroller’s office who is reportedly exploring a run for state Senate in the 3rd Legislative District.
PolitickerNJ reported Monday that Trunk was the leading contender to challenge Senate President Steve Sweeney for his seat and yesterday Trunk resigned from the Comptroller’s office effective Friday. A spokesman for Comptroller Matt Boxer said Boxer was uncomfortable with any employee exploring a candidacy while working for his office.
Today, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald demanded that Boxer along with the State Ethics Commission investigate Trunk’s political actions while working for the office.
“The decision to seemingly ask for Trunk’s resignation was proper and appropriate and the Comptroller should be applauded for having the sensitivity to attempt to protect the reputation of his well-‐regarded Office,” Greenwald wrote in a letter to Boxer and ethics commission Director Peter Tober.
“Nevertheless, the inquiry must not stop with the announcement of Trunk’s resignation just yesterday. If Comptroller Boxer – appropriately so – was not comfortable with Trunk “exploring a run for elective office” while a member of his office, that level of discomfort needs to extend to the point in time such discussions commenced.”
Greenwald is asking Boxer and Tober to explore whether Trunk began exploring her run on state time, when she was first approached for the potential run and whether members of the Comptroller’s office were aware that she was exploring a run.
“This issue is of great import and must be addressed in the name of preserving the integrity and independence associated with the Office of the Comptroller,” Greenwald wrote.
Trunk has not commented on her potential candidacy and could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for Boxer said the office had just received the letter and had no comment at this time.