Developing Corruption

Politicians occasionally take on the responsibility of developing the economy of the region they are supposed to govern as if that were in the job description.  It’s not.  The job of government is delineated (policing, cleaning streets, etc.) and if those jobs get done well then the economy will develop naturally.

However ‘economic development’, with the broad interpretations possible for that term, allow far more flexibility in the political-payback game.  For example, you could give a no-bid contract to a non-profit which provides employment to political operatives and does nothing beyond mailing out a campaign flyer twice a year.  That is exactly what has been going on with the Union County Alliance for years and today the Office of the State Comptroller called them out.

You can read the report for the details but this has been such a flagrant abuse of New Jersey’s contract bidding rules, porous as they are, that it has been brought up by Tina Renna and the Union County Watchdog Association over and over:

August 20, 2009
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September 16, 2010
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August 1, 2012
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February 28, 2013
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May 30, 2013
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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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May 29, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by javagold on January 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Haha 2009 video was a classic. That’s a thug right there who took your money !!!!!

    Reply

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