Here’s the Money

The New Jersey Supreme Court is not planning on issuing any opinions this week which is a decision in itself on the pension payment case.

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:

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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.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on June 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Time friend or foe, guess that depends?

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  2. Posted by bpaterson on June 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I always get a chuckle at these two names you mention JB1: newly minted assemblyman jamal holley, (who was investigated and found guilty of ballot tampering but just did PTI) replaced assemblyman Cryan (who lied to prosecutors causing a more severe punishment on another person and used his public computer to send out 150 kinky emails and skipped total punishment)–sure these two guys certainly represent union county’s finest officials.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on June 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely correct & totally agree. Any reforms should retroactively eliminate multiple non beneficiary pensions. Think both political parties will pass that law?

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  4. Posted by Anonymous on June 4, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Corzine gave up his 200k salary so in essence made a contribution to the state. Well since Christie is a sleazebag liar who has broken the law repeated and gotten away with it so far, maybe they should take his salary and put it towards the pension system, its better than going to jail, where most of us would be if we pulled what he has

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  5. Posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Raise taxes on the rich to the same level as the middle class and get rid of loopholes for millionaires and companies. They are extremely rich so whey do they need loopholes. If anything the middle class need the loopholes.

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  6. I say sell the turnpike and parkway and jack up the tolls 1000 percent and also raise gas taxes. This way everyone will have a tougher (or at least more expensive) time fueling up their moving vans and getting themselves and possessions out of the garbage state. That was Corzine’s plan so it must have been smart and fair.

    Zero sympathy for NJ and its idiotic citizenry who fill their legislatures with morons who can’t even conjugate verbs and use adjectives like “most vulnerablest”. That last one came out of the mouth of the former Assembly leader Sheila Oliver.

    Evidently, the public sector workers are the most vulnerablest these days.

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    • Better yet, impose a huge carbon tax on cars and force everyone to use their horses to pick up their welfare and/or unemployment checks, and make moving vans illegal. It is only fair in order to help out the unfortunate publix.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Maybe a “stupid” tax would work but then again we’re already overtaxed?

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      • Posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        no need to make moving vans illegal because you are either making a bundle here in NJ, that is why you live here or else you will have nothing left but a barrel

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