NJ Attorney General: Defender of Christie’s Crimes?

The concept of lawyers bending the law to their clients’ whims is fascinating to me.  We have that in Union County where lawyers told the freeholders it was OK to steal from the Open Space trust fund and that the county’s seal could be trademarked.  Obvious blunders only one of which has been corrected.

On the state level, Paul Mulshine did a piece today about how the New Jersey Attorney General’s office has to defend Governor Christie’s stances of convenience on sports betting which recalls the insanity of his position regarding the 2011 pension funding law staked out in court, namely that it was completely unconstitutional.
Three things that I, and at least one other person, take away from all this:

  1. Christie and his cadre of ex-prosecutors are horrendous lawyers who compel career lawyers in the Attorney General’s office to defend the indefensible;
  2.  John Jay Hoffman, the “Acting” Attorney General, is Christie’s spineless enabler; and
  3. Christie has single-handedly destroyed any vestige of credibility that office may once have had.
Anyone care to argue the points?

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    John, I agree completely, and point to the incredibly offensive charade the Governor and his Lt. have undertaken to prevent the public from knowing if the Lt. Gov. committed a crime in allegedly making false and conflicting statements that enabled her chief officer, Michael Donovan, to improperly collect an $85,000 a year pension in addition to his $87,500 salary.

    Kudos to Mark Lagerkvist for doggedly pursing this !

    Read all about it here ….. http://watchdog.org/173842/guadagno-pension-probe-2/

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    TL forgot to mention that any blame for Christie s lies and deceit fall squarely on the shoulders of the unions and public employees for negotiating pensions and benefits well above what she feels is fair. That and that alone is the reason Christie has had to lie. Otherwise he would be as honest as the day is long. Corzine took no salary as governor yet neither TL nor others give him any credit.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Quoting …”Corzine took no salary as governor yet neither TL nor others give him any credit.”

      Corzine is worth $400 Million …. did he need a salary. and was NOT taking one of any consequence to him ?

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

        that is rich!!!! hahahahah! TL is now making judgement on who needs a salary and who doesnt. She feels that Crispy Creme is poor enough in her judgement that he really needs the salary! too funny!

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        • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

          Yes, Christie deserves and needs his paycheck, and while Corzine deserved a paycheck, he certainly did not need it.

          Still waiting for just ONE single comment from addressing the “subject” being discussed. Concentrate REAL Hard …. maybe you can do so.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

        And furthermore according to TL logic, reinstate the millionaires tax because as she says, they are rich enough, they dont need the money!!!! heh heh She put he foot in her mouth on this one folks

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        • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          Why, so YOU and you ilk can continue to receive a pension (the result of Union/politician collusion) and FAR FAR greater than necessary, just, or sustainable ?

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2014 at 12:41 am

            yes because as you so eloquently stated, the rich can afford it and paying the millionaires tax is of no consequence to them. I never thought I would see the day that you would be on our side but it has finally come.

          • Posted by Tough Love on October 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

            Anonymous, You’re delusional. The very rich would promptly move away even if a modest share of your grossly excessive pensions were to be balanced on their backs…… making the mess NJ is in FAR worse for YOU.

            And with NJ’s CURRENT very high tax structure, there is no justification for increased taxes on the middle class as well.

            No incremental revenue will be raised to pay for your pensions, and taxpayers won’t stand for more in the way of service reductions just so your overstuffed pensions & benefits can continue.

            We’re rounding the bend into the home stretch, and you’re not going to like the WELL-DESERVED end result.

      • Posted by dentss@yaoo.com on October 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        Corzine knew full well that a “get out of jail” card was well worth a lot more than any paycheck

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    CC takes a fulltime paycheck for part-time work.

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  4. Posted by skip3house on October 5, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Lest it be forgotten, there is another option to the present NJ cruel and regressive Tax System, and the ‘millionaires’ tax besmirched beyond recovery. Look closely at your NJ Income Tax returns.

    Note the total NJ Income Tax you paid compared to the NJ Property Tax. Normal regular people should see about $2500. of NJ Income Tax and $8000. of Property Tax. The Property Tax is primarily made up of 2/3 local school funding.

    Wouldn’t a reasonable taxpayer wonder why so much is paid by him to his local school district when many so-called Abbott Districts get so much greater funding per child from our NJ Income Tax?

    When this regular NJ Taxpayer thinks to double the NJ Income Tax Revenue, eliminate the cruel Property Tax, and equally distribute this fair, based-on-ability-to-pay new tax revenue, and sees he will save roughly $3000. yearly, realization will sink in the present NJ Tax System has been ripping off NJ homeowners (and renters) and taking them on a truly mysterious ride.

    For this to be reality, we must break free from present forces perpetually using our trivial observations on how we tax ourselves. These forces are gaming the NJ Tax System for their own benefit.

    Please show your calculations with comments……?

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  5. Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Sweeney will reinstate the millionaires tax, that is a certainty! And millionaires will not move out of NJ. Then did not before when they had to pay it and will not now because NJ is where they love to live and also where they reap their millions. NY or Conn is not a better choice for residency. TL your theories may float in the toilet but that is the only place they make sense. You may want to run your own blog, that way you can exclude anyone who speaks out against your ideas and you will feel GREAT!!!

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

      There are a myriad of economic implications that accompany such a tax increase. More than you likely realize or understand. In any event, the public is rapidly wising up to the ROOT CAUSE of NJ financial problems …. your grossly excessive pensions & benefits, and that funding shortfalls are ONLY due to the difficulty of allocating the huge amounts necessary to fully fund such excessive promises.

      Sweeney will be “promising” you guys the world just to get elected. But if elected, financial reality will quickly set in and you’ll get only a small portion of whatever campaign promises are made.

      And, short of and economic miracle with 20+% Plan asset gains for 20 years in a row (noting that there is no way NJ can make pension contributions even remotely close to it’s annual ARC), your pensions will fail. I suggest you work-up a “Plan B” for your retirement.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2014 at 12:02 am

        Plan B is already in place. Millionaires Tax. Plan C, sale of NJ Turnpike. Just wait until Sweeney becomes governor, he is really pissed that Christie screwed him. What goes around comes around.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on October 6, 2014 at 12:38 am

          “Denial” is NOT an “plan”.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

            denial is the fact that you keep threatening to move but you never will. never. and i thank you for that. government is not about to change for you.

          • Posted by Tough Love on October 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

            If my strong advocacy for MATERIAL pension reform helps accomplish it, that’s wonderful, but our gov’t changing is hardly “for me”, it’s for “fairness” to the 85% of Taxpayers NOT working for the Public Sector.who are now being ripped off by being told they are responsible for:

            (1) 80-90% of the total cost of PUBLIC Sector pensions MOST OFTEN 3X-4X greater in value at retirement than what the Taxpayers get from THEIR employers, and
            (2) ALL or MOST of the cost of PUBLIC Sector retiree healthcare promises that they rarely get (even at the most bare-bones level).

            ——————————-
            Taxpayers …WAKE UP, and DEMAND an END to the Public Sector rip-off of YOUR wealth !

  6. Posted by Javagold on October 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    The NJ Property Tax , the most regressive tax in the World, is the death of this corrupt cesspool of a state ……its the Pink RHINO in the room

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