Why is it that the politicians who want to impose the most rules and regulations on the rest of us also seem the least willing to follow the rules themselves? Arrogance? Ideology? Some combination of the two? I’ve always suspected so. I call it the “Animal Farm” principle.
Some pigs are just more equal than others, right?
Check out what a New York City TV reporter found one of our region’s biggest pigs (Mayor Bill De Blasio) doing only hours after proposing a “safe streets initiative” for the Big Apple:
Rush Holt (D-NJ12) stunned the New Jersey political world on Tuesday afternoon by announcing that he would NOT seek reelection in November, Save Jerseyans.
An excerpt from his letter to supporters:
“There is no hidden motive for my decision. As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”
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1. Chatham Township 2. Mahwah Township 2. Sparta Township 4. Bernards Township 5. Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 6. Berkeley Heights Township 7. Borough of Florham Park 8. Borough of Ringwood 9. Borough of Tenafly 10. Borough of Lincoln Park
Andrew Lucas, center, then the Republican mayor of Manalapan, with then Freeholder John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, both Democrats, in September of 2010, seven months after Lucas purchased Burke Farm.
Former future Hall of Famer Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against MLB last week and accepted his 162 game suspensions for doping with performance enhancing drugs.
The suspension will cost A-Rod $25 million and very likely his induction to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
No one from the Red Sox Nation, not even a fan, has called for the Yankees to be banned from playoff contention in 2014 due to A-Rod’s transgressions. No sports writer has suggested Derek Jeter is dirty because A-Rod cheated or called for asterisks to be placed next to Mariano Rivera’s records.
Too often in politics when a member of one team is accused or convicted or wrongdoing, the rivals attempt to paint the entire team as dirty. Too often journalists hungry for content cooperate with the slander.
Thus is the case in Monmouth County were former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas, a Republican, was indicted last week on charges of wire fraud, identity theft, bank fraud and providing false statements to the IRS and FBI. A private equity manager, Lucas is accused of deploying a complex and fraudulent scheme to come up with the funds to purchase a farm in Manalapan which he then immediately tried to sell the development rights on to New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. The Farmland Preservation Program is funded by the state, county and municipal governments.
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), who serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, is participating in a hearing on data breaches this morning in the consumer context. Private sector retail hacking incidents (Target, etc.) and the ongoing problems with the Obamacare website have brought these important issues to the nation’s attention. It’s a safety/security concern and a drain on the economy, too.
Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday night, Save Jerseyans, an act which allows the State Director of Emergency Management “to continue coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.”
All state offices are closed on Wednesday, February 5th staffed by non-essential employees.
All state courts are also closed on Wednesday.
“Tonight’s winter weather is expected to produce snow and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions and affecting areas throughout the state that are already recovering from yesterday’s storm,” said Governor Christie in an official release. “I’ve authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions to assist, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
This latest storms is projected to deliver ice, snow, and related power/infrastructure/transportation issues to much of New Jersey. A copy of Governor Christie’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency is attached here.
Management and Government Resources, Inc. (MGR), a self-described bi-partisan government relations, announced Tuesday that former Assemblyman Scott Rudder (R-8) will join the firm as a partner.
“Scott will be a tremendous addition to our firm,” said Barry Lefkowitz, MGR’s founding partner, in a press release. “His background and energy will benefit our clients as well as positively impact our overall growth strategies.”
“While it’s true that my time as a mayor and legislator have given me the knowledge of how government works, I believe my background and experience in the private sector will bring the most value to our clients,” added Rudder. “Having lived in the profit and loss world and experienced firsthand how government rules and regulations impact industry, I understand better than most the needs and concerns of the business community. As a result, I am in an excellent position to put together a strategy and a message and advocate on behalf of our clients that are impacted.”
Rudder left the Assembly in January after he declined to seek renomination last year; Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, also a Republican, replaced Rudder as the 8th Legislative District’s junior legislator.
Two polls release this morning indicate that the news avalanche over “Bridgegate;” the George Washington Bridge lane closures and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and other Christie Administration officials said that Sandy relief was contingent upon a development approval have taken a heavy toll on the public’s opinion of Governor Chris Christie.
A Wall Street Journal/NBCNews national poll points to a sharp reversal of American’s opinion of New Jersey’s Governor. 29% view Christie unfavorably while 22% view him favorably. In an October 2013 poll, 33% view the governor favorably, while only 17% viewed him unfavorably.
I did say “causal” observers because anyone who knows Jon Runyan or communicates regularly with the people around Jon Runyan knows he’s been unhappy in Congress. He explained why in a guest contribution to Politico Magazine on Friday…
Save Jerseyans, now is the time of year where everyone comes up with lists. You know, the top whatever of 2013, resolutions/wish lists for 2014, you know the drill. And I’m no exception. I’ve got my own list of bills I’d like to see someone with enough guts to introduce in Trenton. And by someone, I mean a Republican, because I doubt any Democrat would consider any of these bills. So I will be posting one bill a day this week. And today’s wish is…
Limit the Number of Bills Each Legislator Can Introduce to 10!
This isn’t 100% my idea. LD1 State Senate candidate Dave DeWeese came up with the idea to cap bills to 6 per legislator in 2011. He noted that the Assembly and Senate sponsor about 8,000 bills a year, at a cost of $3,000 per bill, or $24 million a year.
Folks, we don’t really need 8,000 bills a year. We really, really don’t.
She was in heavily-Democratic Camden County last night to administer the oath of office to our friend, newly-reelected Voorhees Township Committeeman Mike Friedman (R), the only Republican in the municipal legislative body but one who was reaffirmed by the townships voter’s with a large margin of victory.
Mike’s wife and kids were present, as were their two twins who are still on the way (look closely above). Great stuff!