Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

R.I.P. Bill Schluter

Soft Corruption by William E. Schluter has become a bible for me here as it reflects closely my experience with legalized graft in New Jersey politics.

Bill Schluter died yesterday. Here are his teachings from past blogs.

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We Are the Ones Paying for Union Endorsements

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO announced their 2018 endorsements for political office this week and the headline news was that there was a Republican among the 20 lucky politicians. One of those Democrats endorsed was Linda Carter in District 22 who was a Union County freeholder back on December 17, 2015 when she listened to this pitch:

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Linda Carter Resigns as Freeholder

According to David Wildstein, “Democrat Linda Carter was sworn in today as the newest member of the New Jersey State Assembly after winning a special election convention to fill the Assembly seat left vacant by the death of Jerry Green last month.”

So at tonight’s freeholder meeting, after the Westfield football team and the Roselle Catholic girls’ basketball team got their certificates, there was a brief ceremony saying goodbye to Linda Carter. The interesting part was that during the picture-taking members of county staff in the audience were asked to come up and be in a few of the pictures. This immediately dwindled down the audience for this public meeting to me, Paul Peyton from the Westfield Leader, and Arthur Kobitz.
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UCCF 4/26/18: Polilitics IS Government – Riposte

In response to the disingenuous denials at last week’s freeholder meeting that the Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee orders them around:
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To which I got this:
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UCCF 4/19/18: Politics IS Government In Union County – The Videos

Prior to every Open Comment time at freeholder meetings this statement is read:

This meeting is open to the public comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the county.

Since Senator Nicholas Scutari is in government and it is the member of the public (me, in this case) who gets to decide on the whether the subject matter would be of concern to county residents I thought I was on safe ground with my prepared remarks. Here is what happened and reactions.

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UCCF 4/19/18: Politics IS Government in Union County

This is what I propose to say in Open Comments at tomorrow’s freeholder meeting:

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Suppressing Free Speech in Union County – Again

Union County has, since I have been watching closely, been ruled by political bosses – Charlotte DeFilippo, then Jerry Green, and now Nicholas Scutari. They hand pick the freeholders who get on the ballot and dictate to them what projects get done and who gets hired. If a freeholder steps out of line he loses the line.

This IS government in Union County. Yet when Bruce Paterson broached the obvious in Open Comment time the Scutari/Oatman regime shut him down.
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Something similar happened in 2009 and the county was forced to apologize. It is time for the ACLU again.
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