Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 18, 2018 – Derrick Green, former Chief Campaign Consultant and Speech Writer for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, is making the news in New Jersey.
As Prime Minister Harris’ speech writer during the first several months of the new government, Green was reportedly paid US$7,500 per month in addition to US$1,500 per month for living expenses, accommodation and travel expenses. Green also received US$30,000 signing bonus.
According to NorthJersey.com, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s campaign paid $2 million to Green’s consulting company, led by one of his top aides who at the time was tied to a campaign finance scandal under police investigation in Bermuda known as Jetgate.
The scandal rocked the British territory and led to resignations and an investigation – probes separate from the police inquiry – into a secret bank account set up by Derrick Green, a longtime political operative in New Jersey and Maryland. The account received US$350,000 from wealthy American businessmen, but no one has determined exactly where the money went after Green and an associate withdrew nearly all of it.
His firm, Green Consultants, was hired by the Murphy campaign to help get out the vote, the same kind of work it did in Bermuda. The US$2 million Green Consultants received was one of the largest expenditures made by the Murphy campaign during the primary and general elections, according to Election Law Enforcement Commission records.
Green Consultants also employed Marcellus Jackson, the former Passaic councilman whose public corruption conviction a decade ago forced him to resign from the administration.
Green now is paid US$140,000 as a senior adviser on diversity, faith, urban and regional growth in the secretary of state’s office – US$1,000 less than Secretary of State Tahesha Way, according to payroll records.
Two secretary of state employees reached by NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY Network New Jersey last week said they did not know who Green is and deferred comment to the governor’s office.
Green does not have a phone number listed in the state’s directory. And a former secretary of state official told the Network he never saw Green at the agency’s State Street office but has seen him around downtown Trenton.
During a Monday news conference in Newark, Murphy declined to comment on whether he was aware of Green’s involvement in Jetgate in Bermuda, but said he expects to “get right to that.”
Green is not accused of criminal wrongdoing, but his own history in politics is blemished by the controversy. And there are many unanswered questions about his activities in Bermuda, mostly centered on the money funneled in from American donors and on his outreach activities, similar to the work he was hired to do for Murphy.