In recognition of the CNMI’s economic recovery and, more recently, the writ of execution against all monies and accounts in the CNMI issued by Associate Judge David Wiseman in Civil Action 96-1158, Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider's swearing-in ceremony on Tinian will be substantially scaled back and the reception cancelled.
Although the ceremony will push through today, March 5, its location has been changed to the Tinian Court House and will begin at 12pm. Refreshments provided by Hofschneider's family will be served immediately after the ceremony. The Inaugural Mass has also been moved to 10am at the San Jose Parish, Tinian.
"’I appreciate everyone’s support of my elevation as lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth. This is indeed a momentous occasion for our people in Tinian and throughout the Northern Mariana Islands. However, after consultation with my family, friends, and Gov. [Eloy] Inos, I have decided that it would be best for all if we scale down the swearing-in ceremony on Tinian. The Commonwealth has many pressing economic and legal issues facing it and I do not believe a full blown celebration is appropriate at this time," said Hofschneider. “I apologize to all invitees who have based their arrangements on the ceremony's original schedule. The ceremony will still be on the same day, but will just be a little more modest, and is still open to the general public.”
The writ of execution issued by Wiseman prevents the CNMI government from using its funds until the plaintiff in Civil Action 96-1158 is fully compensated. (Office of the Lieutenant Governor)