Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Don’t Blame Unions. Instead…..

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. FDR 8/16/37

From that we move to newly elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s budget address where he made clear:

What changed?

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Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is still difficult to borrow from libraries around here but I stumbled upon it at Roselle and made it to page 255 before it became too TMZy. These are the excerpts that I found interesting….

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Murphy’s Plan – Live Blogging

According to the some sources New Jersey, as compared to other states, has the:

  1. worst business tax climate,
  2. highest property taxes, and
  3. worst funded pension system.

With that in mind, here is what Governor Phil Murphy in his first budget address:

is focusing on:

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NJ Politics Insider Coverage

You do not become the state in the worst fiscal condition in the nation by accident. You need to have an active political class interested solely in enriching themselves at the expense of the general public where real problems fester since the only solutions that see the light of day are those that do not infringe in any manner on the welfare of these puppet masters and their acolytes.

Ever since I have been following government in this state the workings of this shadow group have been covered up by media outlets but recently two websites starting reporting on them. David Wildstein has returned to his first love with newjerseyglobe and Max Pizzaro founded insidernj which covers issues if one party pushes it as a talking point – which the Republicans here decided to do with the the Murphy/Muoio interest rate hike:

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Guns and Pensions

It may have been after the Las Vegas mass shooting that I came across this quote that I am perforce paraphrasing:

All the solutions to gun violence they are coming up with are looking to punish those who had nothing to do with the tragedy.

In New Jersey the plan is to go after public worker pensions.

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Christie’s Consistent Record

The governorship of Chris Christie is over but the troubling aspect of many of the bad reviews he has gotten during his farewell tour is that they typically start off with a nod to what the writers believe to be successes during his administration. For example, from the New York Times – Now Chris Christie Is Just a Bad Memory:

This isn’t to say Mr. Christie has no reason to crow. He kept property taxes down and held the growth rate of state debt in check. Unemployment in New Jersey was cut in half on his watch (though other states did better). He worked hard to revive the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, and threw life preservers to flailing cities like Camden and Atlantic City.

From the Daily News: The good, the bad and the ugly of Chris Christie’s time running New Jersey:

Christie’s first term was generally steady, and he was commended for standing tall after Superstorm Sandy ravaged a great deal of his state.


He’s also been credited with efforts to fight the opioid epidemic hitting New Jersey, and used his last day in office to sign a bill banning the controversial bump stock add-ons for assault rifles.

From Reason: Good Riddance to Chris Christie:

Once viewed in some quarters as a crusading reformer, Christie turned out to be yet another big government Republican eager to back any number of intrusions into the Americans’ private lives.

Closer to the truth:

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Christie’s Last Gift

Chris Christie spent part of his last full day as governor of New Jersey depleting the worst funded pension system in the nation for the benefit of political allies by signing S3620 after it swept through the lame duck legislative process in about a month. The bill appears to have been designed for former Camden Mayor Dana Redd, an ally of Christie and acolyte of South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross. On Friday, Redd was hired as the CEO of an obscure university governing board at a salary of $275,000.

$275,000 also happens to be the maximum salary that can used for pension purposes in 2018. Three years at that salary would develop an annual benefit of $155,000 ($275,000 x 31/55) whereas without this bill, Politico reports:

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