Ok. So alot of that federal aide money is going out of New Jersey. But more important, alot of the money is staying right here in our state. Only some of those dollars are not going to help rebuilding efforts. No, typical Jersey style, AshBritt and their construction partners, Conti hired ” influential marketers” from both sides of the aisle to tell the local municipalities what was actually in the State contract. I guess none of these towns have business administrators, CEOs, or town attorneys to interpret a state contact for them. Let’s see if the press will find the amount of federal aide dollars going in to the pockets of the “marketers”. Yes, those are definitely dollars that are staying in New Jersey
The Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, under the leadership of Senator Bob Gordon, will be holding hearings on the AshBritt contract, and the Assembly Budget Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Vince Prieto, might be asking for subpoena power if the Treasurer refuses to answer questions. One inquiry should be why the AshBritt contract cost some towns more money than those who did the same debris removal with their own contractors. And why the State did not have a publicly bid contract in place prior to Sandy as do many other states? The public is entitled to the answers.
Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records update. I’ve been getting tremendous pushback from some Senators who claim the Mayors and Councils they represent have too many complaints. In spite of the facts that these updates will actually improve the handling of public requests and input by employing more available technology, too many seem resistent to any change. Any Middlesex folks there? Lobby Senator Bob Smith and any of your local governing bodies. We need some grass roots help here.
On Wednesday the Assembly will be hosting an initial hearing on a gun safety package. Meanwhile, citizen activists in Bergen County are going to their town councils to get resolutions of support for the President’s gun safety proposals as well as those in our State. Teaneck and Ft. Lee most recently joined New Milford, and others with supporting resolutions. Ask your own council members to get involved.
Lots of assignments here for our citizen activists. Looking forward to hearing from you.