Breaking News: Barlyn Settles

Bridgegate is the most obvious Christie political scandal but the first, and possibly most heinous based on what we are allowed to know so far about this administration, took root in Hunterdon County in early 2010.

That case, it has just been announced, is settled.  The cost….

$1.5 million monetarily but, as noted in a statement from Bennett Barlyn, that is  only a small part of the damage inflicted on New Jerseyans and our system of justice:

In sharp contrast to Christie’s political operatives at the center of the “Bridgegate” trial, Barlyn, along with the prosecutors and detectives who secured the indictment in Hunterdon, were apolitical career law enforcement personnel with unblemished and long records of public service. They did not serve a “constituency of one,” but instead acted on behalf of all New Jersey citizens in accordance with their oaths to do justice.

The settlement in Barlyn’s lawsuit, Barlyn v. Dow, forbids the disclosure of confidential information acquired in the case. “In this sense, the conclusion of the civil case represents a private vindication, but it is not a public accounting,” said Barlyn, adding that he will scrupulously honor those terms.

Nonetheless, the case raises serious questions about the lack of independence of New Jersey’s highest law enforcement agency and other officials. “Numerous good faith efforts by me and others directly familiar with the events in Hunterdon to elicit the interest of the New Jersey Legislature and other authorities regarding the 2010 takeover of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office went unheeded to the detriment of public accountability and transparency,” Barlyn said.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Any P&B clawbacks for those involved?

    Reply

  2. Posted by George on October 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Costa Mesa California police hire a former cop to get(fabricate?) dirt on city council man. Costa Mesa is not some little podunk either, it has a population of 100000 and is served by UC Irvine and is home to the Experian corp HQ. Just imagine how small towns operate.

    Private detective pleads guilty in scheme to set up Costa Mesa city leaders

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/costa-730463-mesa-police.html

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Not surprising nor acceptable and certainly the Public sector doesn’t have a monopoly on this unjustified behaviour.

      Reply

  3. Posted by Bpaterson on October 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    get john paff, the libertarian on this. he has ways to opra and get around the disclosure clauses based on the public right to know.

    Reply

  4. Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hey John a bit of a loaded question for you. IYO what would be a sort of grand bargain for ALL stakeholders as a realistic start to right this P&B ship?

    IMO; a significant accrual reduction of ~33℅ going forward OR a switch to a DCP, a diminishing retiree health insurance stipend pre Medicare and post Medicare a retiree funded group rate Medigap. All health care savings dedicated to respective pension funds and any increased ARC tied to the reduction in pre Medicare stipend. And all of this memorialized in a constitutional amendment to minimize (unfortunately can’t be eliminated) political finagling of the Budget for the pensions’ ARC.

    Based on numerous previous posts the assumptions used to calculate the ARC would have to be mutually agreed upon, realistic, and specified in the amendment.

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    • Crucial first step is to got to a Defined Contribution plan. Without funding rules or ethics among all involved a Defined Benefit system is too easy to game.

      Then we turn to paying off past debts (or not). I used to think there would be enough money to right this ship if the tens of billions of dollars wasted at all levels on political paybacks was eliminated but, after Christie, I don’t think:
      1) it will ever happen, and
      2) it wouldn’t be enough

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