TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top manager for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is suspended with pay while officials examine his college degrees.
Sources tell The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/OqeItF ) that the degrees former Bergen County Sheriff Jay Alpert listed on his application apparently came from a diploma mill.
The newspaper reports Alpert listed master's and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice from LaSalle University in Louisiana. The now-defunct distance-learning school closed after its founder was imprisoned on federal fraud charges in 1997.
Gov. Chris Christie's administration appointed Alpert to the $110,000 job as a senior manager in the Port Authority's Emergency Management Office in 2010.
A message left Wednesday afternoon for Alpert at his home by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com
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