My Brush With Jamie Fox

The Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) was embarking on another project of dubious value to taxpayers but of critical importance to various political insiders and they had to go before the Local Fiance Board on May 8, 2013 for rubber-stamping.

We knew going in that it would be futile but if only to get it on some public record Jim Buettner and I commented at that hearing. Jim got to say everything he wanted but in my few minutes I was interrupted:
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That voice in the background not willing to sit and listen to me was this guy:


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Jamie Fox (not interrupting when DeCotiis puts up its defense).

This may have been the only time that anyone who was not being recompensed by taxpayer money for their time went before the Local Finance Board and must certainly have been the only time that person was interrupted for bringing up the background of those in line to benefit from the project being discussed.  If there was an architect whose buildings consistently collapsed involved wouldn’t that past history be relevant?  So why not a law firm that consistently gouged their clients for projects that often went bust?

Almost all of these boards exist to provide the false front of citizen-participation so that law firms like DeCotiis who get politicians to go ahead with these wasteful (for taxpayers) projects can say their actions were approved by this ‘independent’ board even if that board is made up of political hacks who take their cues from the same people who put those politicians into office.

Jamie Fox does stay and listen more often than not in other situations and one of those instances cost him his job (amid a federal inquiry) yesterday:

New Jersey’s transportation commissioner, who has been the subject of questions in a federal inquiry into dealings between United Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will leave the job by the end of the month, Gov. Christie announced on Friday.

The commissioner, Jamie Fox, has long been a fixture of New Jersey politics, serving in the same position in the administration of former Gov. James E. McGreevey. Between those stints, Mr. Fox was a lobbyist for prominent clients, including United.

The United States attorney’s office in Newark is investigating whether United reinstated flights to a South Carolina airport close to the weekend home of David Samson, the former Port Authority chairman, in exchange for concessions the airline sought from the agency. Mr. Samson is said to have raised the issue with United officials at a dinner that Mr. Fox attended in Manhattan in September 2011.

75 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pauline Walnuts on October 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    The snakes are starting to commit suicide.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 8:07 am

      True and another fact is while R’s claim of lower taxes and less government is purely motivated by their own greedy self interests. Because there’s no doubt a Republican IN NEED is a Democrat INDEED.

      Reply

  2. Posted by Anonymous on October 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    When will we learn, the majority of us (R’s, D’s, & I’s) are just pawns in the chess game of the 1% power brokers! Some, more than others, like to think they have a say because their vying for a little sliver of the pie; while the rest of us our feeding off the crumbs! Hey easy to complain, still the best country in the world!

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      The financial damage they cause pales in comparison to that of the PUBLIC Sector Middle Class PUBLIC Sector Unions/Workers/Retirees, being MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH BIGGER “takers” … with their $ BILLIONS of unnecessary, unjust, unfair, and unaffordable pensions & benefits ….. resulting in only big taxes and service “crumbs” for the Middle Class PRIVATE Sector citizenry.

      Readers…………..

      Don’t be fooled by all the “Anonymous” PUBLIC Sector worker-commentators on this blog ….. always trying to move the focus of the discussion and BLAME for financial mess NJ is in from the ROOT CAUSE of the problem, their grossly excessive pensions & benefits, to the bad bad bad 1%-ers.

      Sure the 1%-ers are pigs …… but THEIR piggishness doesn’t justify the Pubic Sector Union/Worker/Retiree piggishness …… not for a moment.

      The Defined Benefit Pensions and (free or heavily-subsidized) Platinum+ healthcare benefits must be FROZEN for the FUTURE Service of CURRENT NJ’s State and Local workers …. just as proposed by the NJ Pension Commission.

      We have ZERO other options.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm

        Ah yes one thing Tough Luck stated partially correct, don’t be fooled by the misdirection of the root cause of NJ’s and this Country’s financial woes! The 1%’s push back and their grossly excessive wealth accumulation, both as a percentage and real numbers adjusted for inflation, over the crumb feeders (yes, including the significant majority of public’s). I’m not referring to some calculated future value of benefits not yet received but real net wealth in todays dollats – liquid assets, cash and investments! Don’t take my word for it ask TL to step it up, are they a slice or sliver of the pie because they sure as heck ain’t nibbling on the crumbs? Oink, oink, oink!!!

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        • Posted by Tough Love on October 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm

          Like I stated above ….

          Always re-directing the discussion from the Public Sector workers’ grossly excessive pensions, ROUTINELY 3x-4x (4x-6x) greater in “value at retirement” (when factoring in BOTH the MUCH richer pension “formulas” AND the MUCH more generous “provisions” such as getting full/unreduced pensions at ages 10 years younger than their Private Sector counterparts, and COLA increases…. now suspended in NJ) than those typically granted Private Sector workers when retiring with the SAME pay, with the SAME years of service, and at the SAME age.

          It’s WAY past time to END this decades-long financial “mugging” of NJ’s Private Sector Taxpayers.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 7:14 am

            Yes and a fine job you do at that, SQUEAL!!!

          • Posted by S Moderation Douglas on October 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

            How about a little empathy. TL is just trying to educate us. Even in an article that has NOTHING to do with pensions.
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            Rex the Wonder Dog! says:
            September 20, 2015 at 11:29 AM
            Baloney, Investment earnings are NOT a “source” of funds to pay for Public Sector pensions, ONLY employee and taxpayers contributions are ….. ask any financial economist.

            Why do you try to reason with sub 10 IQ trough feeders?

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            Tough Love says:
            September 20, 2015 at 2:08 PM
            It IS getting tiring !

          • Posted by S Moderation Douglas on October 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

            When you’re right, you’re right.

            It IS getting tiring !!!

          • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm

            SMD point taken, it’s futile of crumb feeders to think those with a slice or sliver of pie give a damn about the middle class and those less fortunate!!!

          • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

            SMD ……….. It was I that stated what you attributed to Rex …. that Investment earnings are NOT a “source” of funds to pay for Public Sector pensions, ONLY employee and taxpayers contributions are.

            And why don’t you ask a financial economist ?

      • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 9:04 am

        Far as I see it….. The anons are commenting on the article. You’re the baffoon bringing up your same tired rant. You are so boring and predictable.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

        still a moron

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  3. Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    John,

    Looks like the Unions are telling their obedient (but oblivious) “Anonymous” soldiers to ratchet up the BS ……………

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Oh didn’t know you to we’re union!!!

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      • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Hi BH,

        Noticed your signature …”???”, “!!!” …. on 5 of the “anonymous” comments.

        Are you the Union flag-bearer today ?

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        • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          You’re off your game, time to hang it up???

          Reply

        • Posted by BH on October 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm

          Sorry TL….. Not me. I just skip your posts anyway. The one I read months ago never changes.

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          • Posted by BH on October 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

            Funny how you’re in such denial that as time goes on…. More and more people disagree with you and to ease your weak ego, you try to blame me as if to convince yourself and the two idiots who agree with you that you are not being outnumbered!!! Keep at it TL….. Lol.

          • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

            Interesting how YOUR avatar is the SAME as that for YOU as “Anonymous”.

            Turkey, you not fooling anyone.

          • Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2015 at 6:40 am

            Giants moving to WI, see TL you can have your cake and eat it to – bon voyage!

  4. Posted by S Moderation Douglas on October 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Union bashers are a CANCER inflicted upon civilized society.

    “But I doubt the facts will change anyone’s opinion. After all, why should a little thing like facts get in the way of union-bashing? ”

    William Lynch III

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6941094

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      SMD, Not surprise you would find such a biased source to refer to ………

      From Wikipedia ….”In 1999, Lynch formed his own political consulting firm, Bill Lynch Associates, LLC (BLA). Based in New York City, the firm advises Democratic campaigns and politicians; and provides lobbying and consulting services to corporations.”

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  5. Posted by S Moderation Douglas on October 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    CITY WORKERS ABUSING CREDIT CARDS!!!

    My audio wasn’t very clear, was that…..

    “Community colleges educate a lot of people.”

    Did I hear Jamie Fox say “it’s for the children”?
    …………………

    I was having my teeth cleaned and heard the dentist in the next room telling his patient. “You need a couple of root canals. Do you know what that means?”

    Patient says, “Yeah, it means you want to take your family to Hawaii……again.”
    …………………..

    On a much smaller scale, every day, some projects and purchases are motivated not by need, but by the need to spend money, whether it’s $10 million or $10 thousand.

    I have often seen projects come down the line where we were allocated “x” dollars for “safety equipment” or “tools” or “training”. Find something to spend it on. Literally. Sometimes it yields useful purchasing, sometimes, non.

    On the other hand, sometimes we desperately need something but cannot find a way to get it approved. In our hometown paper years ago, there was a front page headline “City Workers Abusing Credit Cards”. Were they buying plasma TVs? No. The biggest “abuse” was a superintendent purchasing a General Steel® Building for material storage in the corporation yard. He had tried unsuccessfully for years to go through the “proper process”, and finally just charged it. It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

    It is very likely he has already saved more in theft and weather damage than the building cost.

    There are some arcane rules that can sometimes be bypassed in case of emergency, but who gets to define the emergency?
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    Good news/bad news. (or bad news/worse news) These kinds of things don’t occur only in the public sector. It’s the nature of bureaucracy. Again, whether it’s $10 million or $10 thousand, corporations routinely spend money unnecessarily, sometimes just as a favor (or returning a favor) to a “friend” who may someday be helpful back.

    And guess who pays for it? Look in the mirror. Whether it’s taxes or increased costs on goods or services. “Competition” won’t help you. You can bypass the local grocer or hardware store if their prices or services don’t meet your needs, but if there are only a few major car manufacturers or oil refineries, their excesses will be passed on to you. As Gavin Newsome says “Whether you like it or not.”

    Nice try though, John. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Just curious, does anyone using the name “Anonymous” get the same avatar?

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  7. Posted by Javagold on October 6, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Don’t worry Tough Love…..
    Many people have your back. And many more are finally waking up to corrupt ponzi cesspool of the public takers pensions.

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  8. Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Seriously public haters you’re either extremely misguided or you’re a 1% capitalistic pig. OINK, OINK, SQUEAL, SQUEAL!

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  9. Posted by JS on October 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Public workers, what is your take on the the UAW / Chrysler contract? Solidarity for the masses or an opportunity for another plant in the South?

    Also, I haven’t seen any outward support for the autoworkers? Where are all their brothers?

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

      With respect to the second part of your post/questions. The PRIVATE pigs have erroded away the worker bees rights, protections, salary and benefits by pitting them against one another. No doubt global economic forces have exacerbated the situation.

      Now politicians, on behalf of their mega donors, are implementing that same strategy in the public forum. Changes have been made and need to continue but not to the extreme as some bloogers here and elsewhere preach.

      Ask yourself this, through all the recent economic down times how has the 1% net wealth grown exponentially? I not speaking to the future value of benefits not received but cash, investments, and personal property.

      I wonder how many privates versus publics make up the 1%? Why should the rest of us pay for them when we have so much less? Remember individuals 401k and pension funds took a BIG hit that have greatly contributed to the current situation.

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      • Posted by ~ The Resident Nutcase on October 6, 2015 at 9:55 am

        Because the 1%s and folks like TL and her minions have perfected the art of robbery. Pit one group against another, then sit back and collect while nobody watches. Of course the uber elite want to keep it that way, and we allow it to happen. Meat with eyes!!

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        • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

          Hey BH, it’s TL’s favorite ANNON!!! Think you stole their handle when you took “the resident nutcase”, just saying?

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          • Posted by ~ The Resident Nutcase on October 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

            She calls me that. So I figured it was time for a change. We all know she is more fitting of the name, but I’m a good sport.

        • Posted by JS on October 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

          Their contract appears to be transformational in that it completely alters how healthcare is administered.

          It could potentially redirect wealth towards Union supporters and away from bureaucracy, yet I hear nothing from other unions.

          Are other unions just content to sit on the sidelines and throw rocks against any changes or will they take a lead in controlling their own destiny and essentially implementing a sort of winkle payer healthcare for their members.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

            Wow interesting, how’s that – any details or links on this?

          • Posted by ~ The Resident Nutcase on October 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

            Not all unions or contract are created equal. You would need to delve deep into past contracts… See what was given up for something else. See what was just taken away as a consession. There are far too many variables just say hey…. It’s the unions fault.
            As far as I’m concerned, at least here in NJ, most every union wants a seat at the table. They know times are tough. They want to be part of the solution. But when you’re dealing with a lying dictating administration, you don’t get much support. Everyone wants to blame unions or the public workers. Blame government and the politicians. Blame the elite who profit while everyone else is screwed. Its just easier to believe the propaganda and to continue to allow them to pit us against each other. While they laugh all the way to the bank.

          • Posted by JS on October 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

            If the uaw runs the active worker trust it will own the whole table, no need to demand a seat.

            Chrysler may pay 24k ( wild guess) per employee and would treat healthcare like a 401k fixed expense. No premium share just cut a check and let the Union deal with it.

          • Posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2015 at 8:31 am

            STRIKE, then vote your Union leaders out!

      • Posted by Tough Love on October 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        Quoting ………… ” Remember individuals 401k and pension funds took a BIG hit that have greatly contributed to the current situation.”

        Wow, talk about disingenuous…………..

        Yes BOTH 401K Plans AND Public Sector Penion Plan assets took big “hits”, but for the former the account holders (PRIVATE Sector Taxpayers) took the hit in THEIR pockets.

        So who took the hit in the latter (the PUBLIC Sector pensions)? Was it the Plan participants (Public Sector workers/retirees)? NO, again, it was PRIVATE Sector taxpayers who are responsible for all PUBLIC Sector Pension Plan investment shortfalls.
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        Dear Taxpayers …….. STOP being the suckers in this Ponzi scheme.

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        • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm

          The real ponzi scheme is the 1%’s ridiculous wealth accumulation – guess who’s paying for that? Not the TLs of this blog!

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

            Yeah that’s right wake up taxpayers; stop falling for the 1%’s rhetoric about how overtaxed and invaluable they are because we know better.

        • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

          Hmm didn’t know there was a distinction between taxpayers, now even that is public vs private? What a seperationist, definitely divide and conquer is your mantra!

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    • Posted by JS on October 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      “All unions or contracts are not created equal”

      What happened to workers of the world unite?

      I thought you would be rallying to the aid of Chrysler workers as they strike against the greed of the 1%. So we’ll see you on the picket line or you have now retired to a right to work state?

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

        Tell us how to help? Boycott until during strike, whatever? The only way to stop the 1% strangle hold is for us to unite against them, now!

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  10. Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Test ..to prove a point

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  11. Posted by Tough Love on October 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Did you notice the DIFFERENT avatar associated with MY (yes Tough Love) comment submitted without my normal handle in my comment above?

    Proves my point ……. that ALL of the dozens of “Anonymous” comments as well as those from BH and form “The Resident Nutcase” are coming from the SAME person.

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    I suggest you stick with just one …….. “The Resident Nutcase”, as it’s fits the best.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      WHAT, you’re really losing it???

      Reply

    • Posted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      You’re losing your sh*t!! TL!!!!
      I really think you should take a break!!
      This all is starting to make you a bit …..uneasy.
      Claiming I am in fact alllllll the anons is insane. I am in fact the former BH, but I said that once I changed my tag. Lol

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      • Posted by Tough Love on October 7, 2015 at 12:30 am

        Here’s another suggesting for your handle ……. fruitcake.

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        • Posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2015 at 8:51 am

          Well it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas you Scrooge!

          Reply

        • Posted by ~The Resident Nutcase on October 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

          I knew there was a reason I left this blog….. Stay on topic. This place is getting crazy!! And TL… You should take a break. It’s starting to get to you.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2015 at 11:33 am

            I was on topic in replying to TL’s fruitcake comment but I do agree with you.

          • Posted by ~The Resident Nutcase on October 7, 2015 at 6:32 pm

            I mean it’s very scary times for TL and her 2 followers, when she frantically claims “I”, am more than one person. Lol. I’m the former BH, currently ~The Resident Nutcase, which she called me.
            Bottom line….. We can sit here and blame whoever we want….. Taxes will inevitably go up and than we will be all even.

  12. […] David Samson pleading guilty and Chris Christie not getting the VP nod might top today’s news of skeevy politicians getting some comeuppance but, for me, this is the lead (and not only for what he did to me): […]

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