NJ Mayor Hit With Whistleblower Suit Over Agency Firing

By Martin Bricketto (June 29, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT) -- Newark, New Jersey, and Mayor Ras J. Baraka have been hit with a whistleblower suit alleging a local economic improvement agency's executive was improperly fired after protesting the conduct of a city official involved with agency-issued, now-defaulted-on loans.

In a June 22 suit in Essex County Superior Court, Victor C. Emenuga, who was the chief financial officer and briefly the chief executive officer of the agency now known as the Newark Community Economic Development Corp., said that he reasonably believed that Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson's involvement in agency hiring and firing decisions was improper. Appointed by the mayor, Adofo-Wilson directed Emenuga...

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