By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog
The Hudson County Democrat, who serves as speaker of the state Assembly, has gotten a lot of ink lately over his race to the ethical bottom. He’s becoming rich beyond the dreams of avarice on the public dime, with a new politically-connected consulting gig augmenting his $200,000 salary.
He’s forgotten, if he ever knew, that elective office is about public service, not personal enrichment – serve the people, don’t drain them.
Prieto’s defense is the popular “everyone else is doing it,” which has long justified political graft and corruption. Yet, nobody forced him to run for office.
With every lobbyist, boss and “power broker’s” brother or cousin on the public payroll double and triple-dipping, no wonder our taxes are sky-high.
And how is it that South Jersey insurance agent George Norcross, who holds no elected position, picked Prieto as speaker
Limit the number of public-payroll jobs a legislator can have to the one to which he’s elected, slash elected-official compensation and preclude state or local government employing or doing business with legislative family members.
Otherwise, Prieto’s resume, and his income, will continue to get padded