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Reaction To Tim Pernetti’s Resignation


Tim Pernetti stepped down as Athletic Director at Rutgers University on Friday in the wake of the Mike Rice practice video. The action sparked reaction from a number of quarters.

Governor Chris Christie (R)

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Governor Christie talks about sequester in Jersey City (YouTube)

The decision today by Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to resign is appropriate and necessary given the events of the past 6 months. I commend Pres. Barchi for his decisive leadership in coming to an agreement w/ Mr. Pernetti to have Rutgers come under new leadership. This entire incident was regrettable and while it has damaged the reputation of our state University, we need to move forward to provide great opportunities for the future of Rutgers.

I want to thank Tim Pernetti for his many contributions to @RutgersU and for taking responsibility for his role in this difficult episode.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D)

Tim Pernetti’s departure was necessary. Rutgers simply could not have moved on if he had remained there. And while it was the right thing to do, that does not change the fact that it is a sad day for the university.

“That being said, Mr. Pernetti did accomplish some great things for the school. His getting Rutgers into the Big Ten is a noteworthy achievement that we can be proud of. But his handling of this entire incident made this action necessary.”

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D)

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Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D) (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media)

This is a step in the right direction for our state university.

“It’s unfortunate that it came to this, but the poor judgment used by Mr. Pernetti would have made it very difficult for him to ever regain the trust of the New Jersey taxpayers who have paid his generous salary and invested heavily in this athletic program.
“Questions still remain.

“President Barchi owes New Jersey an explanation for his decision-making, and the university needs to become more transparent, most notably by publicly releasing the 50-page report submitted by its outside investigator.

“New Jersey wants a Rutgers in which it can be proud, but that cannot happen until the university answers all questions on how this situation was handled.”

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