The likely Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey is calling for legislative hearings on the hiring of a new athletic director at Rutgers.


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State Sen. Barbara Buono said Wednesday lawmakers need to get involved because of Gov. Chris Christie's hands-off approach to recent developments at the state's flagship public university.

There have been revelations this week about allegations of verbal abuse by incoming athletic director Julie Hermann when she was a volleyball coach at Tennessee. She's set to take over June 17 at a department trying to recover from the ouster of a basketball coach caught on video using gay slurs and kicking players.

Christie said on New Jersey 101.5's Ask The Governor program Tuesday night he wants to leave the situation to Rutgers to handle.

Buono also says she has lost confidence in Rutgers President Robert Barchi.

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