Next EDA Task Force hearing postponed at court’s request

Next Tuesday’s scheduled meeting of the task force investigating the state Economic Development Authority’s tax incentive programs has been postponed after a court’s request, according to a release by the task force.

Representatives of the governor’s task force and those opposing it are now scheduled for a June 17 hearing on the legitimacy of the group.

The June 11 meeting would have been the third public hearing held by the task force.

The law firm Walden Macht & Haran LLP — which is providing legal counsel to the task force — issued the following statement Friday morning:

“The Task Force on EDA Tax Incentives previously announced that the third day of its public hearing would take place on Tuesday, June 11.  After that announcement, certain parties filed a motion seeking to block the scheduled hearing and issuance of the task force’s first public report.

“This report was slated to provide, among other things, recommendations to Gov. (Phil) Murphy, the New Jersey State Legislature and the Economic Development Authority based on the task force’s work to date. The court presiding over the litigation asked that the task force postpone the hearing and issuance of its first report to permit the court to review the issues raised in the motion, and the task force agreed.

“The court has scheduled a hearing on the motion for Monday, June 17.  We are confident that the governor’s authority to appoint the task force will be upheld, and, should the court permit the hearing to go forward, we will provide notice to the public about the location and date of the rescheduled proceedings.”