Murphy tells African-American group he stands by his decision to hire ex-official jailed for corruption

Gov. Phil Murphy told an African-American audience Thursday he has no regrets about hiring a former elected official who served prison time for taking bribes despite the negative backlash over his decision.

Murphy, speaking in Newark at the Annual New Jersey Black Issues Leadership Conference, continued to express his dismay over the rebuke of his hiring Marcellus Jackson for a position in the state Department of Education.

Jackson, a former Passaic City councilman, served time in prison for a 2007 public corruption charge. Murphy’s administration hired Jackson in July for a $70,000-a-year position.

But Jackson was forced out of the job late last week because state law required he be disqualified from any public office in New Jersey.

Murphy still defends hiring…

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