New Jersey politicians failed to follow orders from their public-sector union paymasters who got so mad that they threatened to hold back bribe money to which the New Jersey Senate president (and lead bribe-taker) threatened legal action.
A rare situation (since most politicians do follow through on what they have been paid for) but this could be a valuable lesson for the unions who would help most New Jerseyans if they changed tactics.
We have a situation in Union County that I am chronicling now on http://www.countywatchers.com. The first three blogs are out and to summarize:
- Nicholas Netta made campaign donations to the right people
- who pushed through a massively expensive project favored by about 10% of their constituency but 100% of Nicholas Netta
- which will bankrupt Roselle.
There will be more on countywatchers exploring nuances of the process but the point is that this goes on throughout the state with billions of dollars spent on mostly non-essential projects because of the politician/donor symbiosis that makes a mockery of representative democracy. Those billions could be going to fund pensions if exposing the guys in the back of the rooms pulling the strings became the union game-plan.