Archive for the ‘Union County Government’ Category

NJ Pension Payment Defaults

The New Jersey State Investment Council met yesterday and the headlines were on lottery losses that will never be made up,  investment losses that will never be made up,  and quarterly contributions to be made (for now). However it was the upbeat conclusion of the njspotlight story that is the real news.

[M]ost local governments have been making their pension contributions even as they’ve begun to deal with their own revenue losses caused by the pandemic, [assistant state Treasurer Dini Ajmani] said.

“The good news there, is almost all local governments have paid their bills,” Ajmani said.

‘Almost all’?

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NJ Legislature’s Recovery Plan

As enunciated in an NJTV Chat Box interview with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney it comes down to:

  • A) Beg (federal bailout),
  • B) Borrow (with an Illinois-level bond rating), and finally
  • C) Steal (from people paying the highest property taxes in the nation).


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The full Q&A on the issue is below but don’t expect to hear any of these options:

  • D) Cut spending,
  • E) Lower taxes, or
  • F) Recriminalize the legalized corruption at all levels of government.

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Roadmap for Praetorian Politicians

The Supreme Court today defined how far politicians and their operatives can go in using government resources for political purposes. Closing down a bridge is fine since the “scheme didn’t aim to obtain money or property so Baroni and Kelly couldn’t have violated federal fraud laws.”

Not surprising to me as I have seen similar power plays to intimidate in Union County. Going down memory lane for some examples:

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Fighting to the Death for Florio, Et Alia

Apparently the federal government wants to put strings on payments under the Cares Act to states and counties and Governor Murphy takes exception:
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Union County at this hour is spending the first of that Cares Act money.

On whom?

According to their meeting agenda:

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Heading Off Bankruptcy

Piling on Marie Antoinette:
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For New Jersey bankruptcy would be a godsend for three main reasons.

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Hubris of the Political Majority

Union County used to run a Woodstock-type festival annually which was the a clear misuse of taxpayer funds engendered by unchallenged one-party rule and the resulting arrogance of power. But in 2012:
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Apparently enough time has elapsed to bring back the political event right before an election with a lot of loose cash floating around. At tonight’s freeholder meeting we had:

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NJEA Wastes Murphy

Why go to the trouble of buying politicians when you don’t know how to use them?

That’s what struck me after reading David Wildstein’s blog this morning:

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Tell the Truth and Run

This 1996 documentary on the truth-telling of George Seldes hit home for me a few times:

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County Manager’s Political Second Job

I have been a little lax in covering Union County government lately as nobody seems to care how much they steal but something came to light last week that might be over the line even in New Jersey.

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Ethically Challenged in NJ

You may be surprised to know that New Jersey has a Local Government Ethics Law. You may not be surprised that it is of little practical use as a deterrent for unethical behavior. Though it requires Financial Disclosure Statements when even the most obvious instances of malfeasance are uncovered it becomes more of an opportunity for soaking taxpayers and rewarding political insiders than punishing the guilty. For example, no matter how unethically you behave, there is this limit on penalties:

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