By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer

The New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office is reportedly looking into Kean’s purchase of a conference table for $219,000.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state agency charged with overseeing waste and financial misconduct of taxpayer dollars is looking into whether Kean University followed the proper procedures when purchasing a $219,000 conference table from a company in China.

Kean President Dawood Farahi was the initiator of the purchase of the high-tech, high cost conference table, obtaining approval for the purchase from the Kean Board of Trustees.

However, this is not the first time the university president has blazed a trail of controversy. In fact, it is just one of many incidents, including the construction of buildings that remain half-filled with students, that have raised eyebrows.

According to sources in the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office, the probe was launched after media reports that the state university, supported by taxpayer dollars, waived competitive bidding in order to buy the table from a company in China.


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