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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.

Something similar happened in 2009 and the county was forced to apologize. It is time for the ACLU again.

UC Republican Committee Members in UC Government

Of the 849 members of the Union County Democratic Committee there are 243 in households with jobs in some area of government in Union County. That comes to 29% when the county average is about 10%. What about the party that is not in control of county government?

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UC Democrat Committee Members In UC Government

According to census figures total employment in Union County is at 202,372. According to New Jersey pension records 20,878 of those jobs are in government.

Theoretically then 10% of the members of the Union County Democratic Committee should also be working in government to be representative of the general population. It’s not even close.

When comparing names, of the 849 Committee members there are 243 in households with jobs in some area of government in Union County. That comes to  29% and does not include relatives or vendors like Dennis McCarthy of Garwood whose company has gotten $768,791 in county money from 2004 (earliest date of data available) through mid-2017.

These are the people who decide who gets on the ballots. They are not about to get behind anyone who messes with their money. Hence our predicament.

Here they are:

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Union County Committee Members

According to David Wildstein:

In the special election for Union County Democratic Chairman last month, Nicholas Scutari won in a landslide: 412 to 341 over Colleen Mahr. In a race where you can count all 753 possible votes, a ten-point win is decisive; often candidates drop out if their internal counts are so far away from winning to spare their political allies the penalties that come from backing the wrong person.

In the aftermath, one Freeholder who backed Mahr, Mohamed Jalloh, looks to be out of a job; another is retiring, presumably to help Scutari take full control of the party.

Scutari’s win was helped by running up the score in the largest municipalities. He won 98% in Elizabeth (111-2), 98% in Rahway (47-1), 79% in Roselle (27-7), 71% in Linden (50-20); and 65% in Plainfield (40-22). Those five cities brought Scutari 275 votes – 68% of what he needed to win.

Which got me to wondering about the process. If the Democratic and Republican Committee chairpeople get to pick the candidates and Committee members get to pick the chairpeople then it is those Committee members who have the votes that count as well as being the ones who get catered to. Who are they and how have they been catered to?

For now, here are the names:

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Breaking News: Two Freeholders Go Down

When Colleen Mahr went down in her power struggle with Nicholas Scutari it looks like she took at least one freeholder with her, according to David Wildstein:

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Walk to Collapse

There was supposed to have been a freeholder agenda meeting last night but according to the county website:

The Board has a need to cancel the Agenda Setting Session of March 1, 2018. The Agenda Setting Session will be rescheduled for March 8, 2018, commencing at 7:00PM. As a result, the originally scheduled Regular Meeting on March 8, 2018 at 7:00PM will now commence as soon as possible following the Agenda Setting Session.

As it turns out the conflict was with the 81st Annual Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner at which, according to check registry data, Union County is being abundantly represented:

And, according to insidernj coverage of the train trip, also being abundantly discussed:

“Have you noticed Union County fell apart since Lesniak retired?” — lots of people