Apparently some government employees around the state made use of taxpayer-bought generators to help get through super-storm Sandy. In Union County the prosecutor is investigating. But there is a bigger issue here.
I can see a DPW worker or a freeholder ‘borrowing’ a generator that’s just sitting there but the real scandal has to be why these generators get purchased in the first place if, when we have a ‘storm of the century’ with record outage-lengths, they are available for ‘borrowing.’ What was the motivation for purchasing them? And not just generators, what about….
- Extra police officers who need to be hired if only on the chance they could prevent one crime.
- Pensions and lifetime health benefits that need to be provided to attract the best people.
- Cars, blackberries, catered meetings, and various perks government workers get to supposedly be more efficient.
Can anyone on the outside (including most elected officials) argue that these things are really unnecessary or wasteful? Shouldn’t we trust the judgment of the professionals and insiders regarding what their needs are for government to operate effectively? Generatorgate seems to indicate not.
For those interested in a summary of generatorgate in Union County:
For those who want to speculate: