“It’s very frustrating,” [State Senator Nicholas] Scutari said of [State Senator Brian] Stack’s reversal, noting Stack had voted for the legislation that legalized medical marijuana earlier this year. Scutari said he suspects Stack, also the mayor of financially-strapped Union City, did not want to cross the governor.
I’m not talking about the merits of Stack’s votes. I’m troubled that our New Jersey legislators think their colleagues are too conflicted to vote honestly, and are willing to say so. After all, who would know better?
I know that the particular conflict of mayor vs. legislator only exists for the “grandfathered” politicians, but the truth is that any private or public sector job could face inappropriate pressure from the governor, the boss, the CEO, you name it. State senator should be a job that pays a full salary in exchange for full-time work. Even conservative Chris Christie wants the legislature to spend more time making laws and regulations, so there’s no doubt there’s a need.