Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New Jersey's Attorney General Forced to Resign.

Laura Masnerus & David W. Chen, "Corzine Attorney General Out in Ethics Breach," in The New York Times, August 16, 2006, at P. A1.

New Jersey's Attorney General, Zulima Farber, was evidently getting too close to arresting important behind the scenes hoodlums in New Jersey, so she has been forced to resign. Neither she nor her partner were issued summonses of any kind after a recent traffic stop. Her mere presence at the scene, allegedly, created the "appearance" of "impropriety."

All allegations concerning traffic offenses arising from or concerning this incident are unsupported by any conviction. They are, legally, meaningless. Strangely, however, they continue to be repeated in the press. This incident has now resulted in Ms. Farber's resignation from office.

Ms. Farber has been smeared and (allegedly) "disgraced," by being forced to resign because of an "ethics breach." The implied threat to Corzine and Menendez -- the latter was curiously absent from the scene -- is obvious. Has there been a change of sides by one of these gentlemen? Is there a secret deal that we should know about? "On the one hand; but on the other hand ... " Menendez said.

This confirms my suspicions that the entire situation in Fairview was a set up, aimed at getting the A.G. in an awkward position. Gratuitous insults of Ms. Farber were provided, as salt on the wound, after Ms. Farber's resignation. John H. Adler, a Democrat from Camden County (need I say more?) -- with an unpleasant lack of gallantry -- slurred into a microphone:

"I'm glad we can put this sad chapter behind us and look for an Attorney General of the highest intelligence" -- implying that Ms. Farber is not too bright -- "competence and integrity [this means that Ms. Farber, unforgivably, was actually seeking to do her job and put an end to corruption!] to restore a department that once again has been disappointed by failed leadership."

It is the people of New Jersey who should be disappointed by "failed leadership" and the Beirut-like dual sovereignty afflicting that much-suffering state, where elected officials act only at the behest of behind-the-scenes operatives and bosses, who call the shots -- shots that are aimed at the few honest public officials left in this most "hapless jurisdiction" (New York Times) that is home to organized crime and exploding cancer rates.

Mayor Healy and now Ms. Farber have been subjected to suspicious attacks in the press, after bizarre encounters with local police. I wonder who is next? Perhaps former Newark Mayor Sharpe James can be made both a scapegoat and distraction by the Trenton gang, through their friends in the media. Are reporters paid under or over the table by the Jersey boys?

New Jersey's Supreme Court justices are intimidated. I call that intimidation -- and a climate of fear and corruption in Trenton -- an "ethics breach." I will not be "anonymous," as I do so. I will not hesitate to speak out against corruption and the moral cancer that has devoured the Garden State's so-called legal system, which is more like a system of secret favors and deals.

"Have a nice day!" says a sign on the Turnpike, but only as fortunate drivers leave the state. They must have know something about the politics of their home state when they posted that sign, envying all of those persons lucky enough to escape it. The good people of New Jersey deserve better from political leaders. New Jersey's residents and those who care about them must continue to struggle to change that jurisdiction's dreadful political reality and permanently tainted reputation.

In the same issue of the newspaper it is reported that "several groups yesterday asked a Federal District Court in Newark to overturn an ordinance passed by the town of Riverside banning the hiring and housing of illegal immigrants. The groups including the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, assert that the town law unconstitutionally assumes powers rightfully handled by the federal government. The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages." The New York Times, August 16, 2006, at p. B4.

Bogoda, New Jersey had very good community relations, until a recent English-only ordinance was passed. This sort of division between people is used by the Jersey Syndicate to distract voters, so that their pockets can be picked. Here is what a real "ethics breach" looks like:

"The former accounts manager of the Hoboken Housing Authority pleaded guilty to embezzelment in Federal District Court yesterday, prosecutors said. The former manager Eric D. Hurt, 38, of Jersey City, admitted writing 34 checks, totaling $111,083, to himself over two and a half years, said Christopher J. Christie, the United States Attorney for New Jersey. Mr. Hurt used the money to buy personal items, Mr. Christie said. He faces up to 13 years in prison at sentencing set for November 21." John Holl, "Former Manager Admits Embezzelment," in The New York Times, August 17, 2006, at p. B6.

Here is another little ethics breach that has put CHILDREN'S LIVES in jeopardy:

"Five days a week for two years, parents in this rural township [Franklyn Township] in southern New Jersey would drop off their children, some as young as 8 months old, at Kiddie Kollege, a day care center where these days wilted pansies go unattended outside the locked front door."

"But what the parents did not know was that the unattractive one story building, about 30 miles south of Philadelphia, was the site of a former mercury thermometer factory and that their children, who spent up to 10 hours a day there, were being exposed to what the Department of Environmental Protection described last month as unacceptably high levels of mercury."

"A third of the 60 children tested have shown abnormally high levels of mercury in their systems. And while experts have said the levels of mercury found in urine specimens are not high enough to indicate health problems, they are high enough to require long term monitoring, and the ultimate health implications will not be known for years."

Here is another of the real reasons for the Attorney General's forced departure:

"But what is clear, and what is now the subject of investigation by the state attorney general, is that the responsibility for cleaning up and inspecting the building slipped ... through the fingers of state agencies" -- I wonder why? -- "local officials and the building's owner [Who is that?] who in February 2004 allowed Kiddie Kollege to open."

Tina Kelly, "After Mercury Pollutes a Day Care Center, Everyone Points Elsewhere," in The New York Times, August 19, 2006, at p. B1.

It is unfortunate when discrimination and corrupt politics forces the resignation of an honest and highly ethical public official, like Ms. Farber. It is especially troublesome and damaging for the state's taxpayers to pay through the nose for politicians' illegal discrimination that is clearly aimed at Latinos and other immigrants, by shelling out millions of dollars in damages because of lawsuits. Maybe that is what it will take to end the corruption -- more lawsuits and protest.

I am sure that it is a great comfort to parents who may see their children become ill, as a result of governmental incompetence (or worse), to know that official portraits of their well-paid elected officials and/or judges will be high on any list of future priorities, along with the continuing "misappropriation" of public funds. (See: "Let's see what he's got under his fingernails" at Philosopher's Quest and "Is New Jersey Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz unethical or only incompetent?" at Critical Vision.)

The recent media attention devoted to allegations that Sharpe James overbilled his city for some of his expenses is a predictable way for the the Trenton Syndicate to distract voters from their own much worse shenanigans. Mr. James is said to have overbilled, or inappropriately billed the city for some of his expenses -- many of which he reimbursed -- to the tune of thousands of dollars.

In a state where $4.5 BILLION has disappeared from previous Administrations' budgets, where $100 MILLION was "misappropriated" from UMDNJ's budget, Mr. James is clearly being made a scapegoat. I wonder why they selected him for this fate? (See "Let's see what he's got under his fingernails" at Philosopher's Quest and "Badda-Bing, Badda-Boom" at Critical Vision.)

My suggestion to Mr. James is to be more careful around his so-called political "friends" than any alleged adversary. The Trenton boys like to have a lot of "buffers" available for sacrifice to the media and U.S. Attorney's Office, since they can count on the inattention (or worse) of New Jersey's Supreme Court. These are your tax dollars, folks. Are you happy about contributing to organized crime?

People are not going to be distracted from examining the real thefts in New Jersey by having the Syndicate's "friends" in the media focus on Mr. James. African-Americans in New Jersey have not wielded sufficient power for a long enough time to do half of what the boys in Trenton have done and are doing, which is making BILLIONS of government dollars disappear into their pockets.

I prefer almost any African-American politician in New Jersey -- and certainly Mr. Booker (a possible future Governor of New Jersey) -- to most of the old-time politicians in the Garden State. If Mr. Booker is elected Governor someday, guess what may happen to him? How much you want to bet that he'll be stopped in traffic and fined for urinating on the sidewalk?

Give 'em a call in Trenton. Tell 'em what you think. If only Jersey's politicians and their buddies were driving out of the state and country, I'd have no problem in wishing them all "a nice day."

It is another very sad day for New Jersey.

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