Who’s Extorting Whom?

Public employee unions in New Jersey want a ballot measure in November saying, among other things, that the state has to pay something into the state retirement system.  To that end they acted:

 County Democratic Party leaders won’t be able to count on New Jersey’s largest teachers union for political contributions this year because state lawmakers haven’t acted to put a constitutional amendment on state pension payments on the fall ballot.

Three county chairman told NJ Advance Media they received calls from a New Jersey Education Association lobbyist informing them the powerful union would be withholding campaign contributions until next spring out of frustration with stalled legislative action on the proposed public pension constitutional amendment.

To which Senate President (and lead Democrat and beneficiary of union money) Stephen Sweeney reacted:

Sweeney said his office received a direct threat from the Fraternal Order of Police. He said he intends to request the U.S. attorney and state attorney general investigate the threats as violations of both state and federal laws on bribery.

“I think a crime was committed,” Sweeney said. He added that unions can do what they want with their money, but when they hold it hostage to specific legislative action, that “crosses the line.”

“These unions have made it clear that unless they get their way, they will deliver on their threats,” Sweeney said, calling it “an assault on the integrity of the legislative process.”

But this IS the legislative process – in New Jersey at least and at practically all levels here.  You give money to get laws enacted, projects built, or money spent that will benefit you or the people you represent. If anything, it is the unions that have a clear ‘breach of contract’ action here.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    The last act of desperate men, and I don’t blame them! If we’re not going to receive our full pensions anyway and it’s just a matter of time before that happens, why not act proactively be with holding pension contributions? use the leverage while we still have some! let’s see the legislature squirm to find funding for their pet projects that will get them reelected, but there will be none there!

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Oops guess Swinney won’t be running for Governor after all, aw….

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Bwahaha ha what piece of garbage Sweeney is

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  4. Posted by bpaterson on August 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I always wondered what came first-the NJEA large donations to the democrats, or the democrats large benefit giveaways to the njea’s members.

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  5. Posted by steve on August 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Does this signal that “the party’s over ” between dems and their biggest union supporters?–hows that for wake up and smell the coffee—as far as the educators are concerned have you forgotten all your 101 classes in gangsterism -you can’t extort an expert—-As for the rank and file police you swore to serve and protect but do the PBA’s apply this to you ?–in november tell these thugs where to go

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  6. Posted by George on August 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I wonder if voting against the pension amendment and voting for Trump might be correlated? If so I doubt the amendment will be on the ballot.

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  7. Posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Trump Taj Mahal to close after Labor Day due to casino worker strike

    Trump’s way or the highway – yeah 4 the people my *ss, 4 his billions of $ bottom line!

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  8. Posted by Anonymous on August 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    BTW this crap goes on all the time everywhere, some places more than others. What’s NJEA & PBA side of the story – remember inocent until proven guilty. We’re any of the conversations taped or is it a he said she said scenario?

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    • Posted by dentss dunnigan on August 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Sweeney said he also received a phone message from Bob Fox, president of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police, with a similar threat.

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  9. Posted by Anonymous on August 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

    If this wasn’t so sad and such an example of the corruption it would almost be funny. Any thoughts on why Sweeney is calling out the unions for the alleged threats? I thought he was one of their biggest fans….

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