It is too late to come up with the $1.6 billion by June 30 as the state will come back to the court asking where they are to find that money:
Christie said a decision by the state’s highest court in the unions’ favor would give the state just eight weeks to find $1.6 billion and that the money simply isn’t there.
“So my question to them is pretty simple: Where’s the money?” Christie asked.
In a case that came to light today it was only $31,500 involved but I suspect that these sorts of shenanigans go on throughout New Jersey and if taxpayers do not have to pay $31,500 to a political operative to work on election campaigns it would free up money for the pension system. Here’s the story:
2014-142: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a contract with Millennium Strategies, Caldwell, New Jersey, for the purpose of providing grant procurement services for the period of February 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $31,500.00 .
which was questioned:
No answer from the freeholders at the time but it was reported today that:
Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Union), who was sworn in in February to fill the seat vacated by now-Union County Sheriff Joe Cryan and just won a Democratic primary race on Tuesday, listed on his financial disclosure form income from six different sources in 2014 — three of them public entities.
Until being sworn in to the Assembly, Holley was the mayor of Roselle, which paid a salary of $20,000. He had to resign the seat because of the state’s ban on dual elected office-holding.
For his job as director of public works for Irvington, Holley reported over $50,000 in income.
Teaching a class at Kean University on public policy and budgeting paid Holley less than $10,000. Holley, who earned a master’s in public administration from Kean, said he resigned from the job after being sworn into the Assembly.
Millennium Strategies — a grant-writing firm run by prominent Passaic County Democrat Ed Farmer — paid Holley between $25,000 and $50,000.
Front Porch Strategies — a firm that according to its website is dedicated to helping clients “move a local project through the morass of state agencies and regulations” — paid Holley between $10,000 and $25,000. The firm is affiliated with Millennium Strategies as well as Princeton Public Affairs, which is New Jersey’s top lobbying firm.
DRS Imaging, a document scanning, imaging and conversation service, paid Holley under $10,000.
“I do consulting. That’s what I do on the side,” Holley said of the latter three jobs.
Union County has paid Millennium Strategies $112,500 since 2011 including $31,500 for 2014 per their resolution. That money appears to have all gone to Jamel Holley who actively campaigns for Democrats in Union County (a little too actively at times) and will likely get re-elected to the State Assembly.
Cut out the bagmen for politicians and their soldiers and see how much money you find.