Author Archive: Hudson Observer

Politics is all in Dick’s Head

Dick Codey is outraged.  He’s afraid that our national government is overly politicized.  Specifically, he’s concerned that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is mishandling her position:

While I recognize that you are a dedicated and well-meaning public servant, I believe that you simply do not have the proper law enforcement qualifications and counterterrorism background to head the nation’s very delicate homeland security operations. It’s time that the United States move away from political appointees and former governors, and put the Office of Homeland Security in the hands of individuals with real law-enforcement and counterterrorism experience.

Mayor Healy Creates a No-Show, No-Responsibility Job

In the last week, I’ve twice written how Jersey City’s Mayor and his Republican Chief of Staff are thumbing there noses at the taxpayers of Jersey City.  Well, no more.  Carl Czaplicki will no longer be Mayor Healy’s Chief of Staff.  Nope.  He justa promotion.

Yes, Carl Czaplicki, the same “city official” who ordered the payment of bogus ads to Bobby Jackson’s non-circulating newspaper, will now be in charge of Jersey City’s Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce.

What does the head of the Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce do?  I’m glad you asked.  According to Jersey City’s website, they are: “Responsible for planning and overseeing the orderly growth and development of Jersey City’s residential, commercial, non-profit, and industrial sectors through the regulation of land use, disbursement of state and federal grant funds, permitting, and code enforcement.”  Now, you may ask what qualifications are needed by Carl Czaplicki to get such a plum appointment.

Silly you.  This is Jersey City.  Jerriamiah Healy doesn’t need to worry about something like qualifications!  If he did, he’d have never run for Mayor!

You see, that job description is now going to the freshly minted position of Deputy Mayor.  So Carl Czaplicki doesn’t need any qualifications at all for his new job because it is, effectively, a no-show job now.  Because Rosemary McFadden (the immediate past-head of the HEDC) will have all the responsibilities of her old job at her new job, leaving nothing for Carl Czaplicki to do but cash his paycheck.

McFadden, just to help out the poor put-on tax-payers of Jersey City, is taking the new position for only a dollar a year.  Good for her!  It’s nice to see someone in government doing something purely for the good of the people.

Except that her husband, Brian Doherty, represents numerous land developers through his law practice.  Not that she would ever, you know, meet his clients and friends and be influenced by that.  Nope.  Not that her family stands to make fifty to a hundred times as much as her salary would be if she took a full salary.  Nope.  Mz. McFadden is just in it to help us all.

Mayor Healy Creates a No-Show, No-Responsibility Job

In the last week, I’ve twice written how Jersey City’s Mayor and his Republican Chief of Staff are thumbing there noses at the taxpayers of Jersey City.  Well, no more.  Carl Czaplicki will no longer be Mayor Healy’s Chief of Staff.  Nope.  He just got a promotion.

Yes, Carl Czaplicki, the same “city official” who ordered the payment of bogus ads to Bobby Jackson’s non-circulating newspaper, will now be in charge of Jersey City’s Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce.

What does the head of the Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce do?  I’m glad you asked.  According to Jersey City’s website, they are: “Responsible for planning and overseeing the orderly growth and development of Jersey City’s residential, commercial, non-profit, and industrial sectors through the regulation of land use, disbursement of state and federal grant funds, permitting, and code enforcement.”  Now, you may ask what qualifications are needed by Carl Czaplicki to get such a plum appointment.

Silly you.  This is Jersey City.  Jerriamiah Healy doesn’t need to worry about something like qualifications!  If he did, he’d have never run for Mayor!

You see, that job description is now going to the freshly minted position of Deputy Mayor.  So Carl Czaplicki doesn’t need any qualifications at all for his new job because it is, effectively, a no-show job now.  Because Rosemary McFadden (the immediate past-head of the HEDC) will have all the responsibilities of her old job at her new job, leaving nothing for Carl Czaplicki to do but cash his paycheck.

McFadden, just to help out the poor put-on tax-payers of Jersey City, is taking the new position for only a dollar a year.  Good for her!  It’s nice to see someone in government doing something purely for the good of the people.

Except that her husband, Brian Doherty, represents numerous land developers through his law practice.  Not that she would ever, you know, meet his clients and friends and be influenced by that.  Nope.  Not that her family stands to make fifty to a hundred times as much as her salary would be if she took a full salary.  Nope.  Mz. McFadden is just in it to help us all.

And what does Steve Fulop, the City Council’s self-appointed ethics gestapo have to say about all of this?  -crickets-

Jersey City Endorses Further Cronyism/Corruption

Last week I stumbled across a story that had to be a fairy tale.  “Legitimate” press outlets don’t literally copy ads from a competitor and then charge the city for it.  The city surely wouldn’t actually pay for such stupid and transparent attempts to bilk taxpayers.

Except it’s happening againThe Urban Times publisher Bobby Jackson has again charged the city $6,000 for legal ads that were never authorized.  There is absolutely no way this would be paid if Bobby Jackson weren’t politically connected.  This is not only the very definition of political pay-offs and corruption, it is a cartoonish version of it.

This is Anne Milgram’s chance to show New Jersey that she can be the force for change and justice that Peter Harvey was always too scared to be.  Mayor Healy (HCDO co-chair) obviously is part of this – his Chief of Staff (the Executive Officer of HudCo GOP) is responsible for ordering the bills to be paid.  County Exec Tom DeGuise apparently could care less. 

Governor Corzine – be the leader you were elected to be.  Order this investigation.  AG Milgram – time to step up and show that you aren’t just filling a position.  Something this obvious simply cannot be allowed to passed unchallenged.

Once Upon a Time

Let us suppose for a moment that we lived in a state where a truly non-partisan law enforcement agent made his living by putting away corrupt politicians who turned public service into their own private bitch and rolled like pimps over the prostituted voters in their districts and cities.  Then we’ll also pretend that we could find a county with an almost unbroken history of one-party rule.  Like a festering boil on the testicles of public trust, this party spawned “opposition” groups within itself – some that ran as goon squads and some that simply served as cults of personality.  But the real reason they existed was for the personal profit of a very small group of insiders.

Not that I’m talking about any real-life situation here, mind you.  This is all just “pretend”.  A fairy-tale, if you will.  It might have happened “once upon a time”.

Jump with me.

JC School Board Proves the State Wrong

It seems like only yesterday that the state wrested control of the Jersey City schools away from a corrupt school board more interested in personal enrichment and patronage than in running a school.  In reality, it was 1988 when Dr. Saul Cooperman said, “Taken overall, the Jersey City school district can be characterized as a public enterprise that has reached a state of managerial bankruptcy.”  To whit:

”Political patronage, union pressure and cronyism is a consistent motivation, at all levels, in the hiring, firing, promoting and deployment of staff,” Dr. Cooperman’s staff said in a report. ”The hiring, firing and transferring of school district personnel is conducted without regard to the significance such decisions will have upon the education of the children.”

Well, as I’ve previously written, not even the names have been changed.  So what does the school board do to prove it is ready to take back control from the state?  Re-new Prince Charlie’s contract!

Go throw up and then join me below the fold.

What is the Legal Term for “DUUUUUHHHHH!!!!”?

Clara Brito-Herrera is claiming that Sal Vega “may” have a conflict of interest in serving as both the Athletic Director at Memorial High and mayor of West New York. 

Last Wednesday, former Director of Elementary Education Clara Brito-Herrera filed a civil complaint in Hudson County Superior Court alleging that Vega has a potential conflict of interest in serving in both capacities, since the West New York district operates under an appointed Board of Education. Vega, as mayor, appoints the members of the board.

Nice.  Hey, can I get a part-time job that allows me to appoint my boss at my full-time job?  What part of this is in doubt?

Oh yeah – Clara was appointed by Vega’s predecessor Albio Sires.  But the School Board refused to reappoint her without a recommendation from Vega – who would technically be one of her employees.  She refused to get the letter and was demoted to elementary school principal.  Here’s the kicker – her contract had not yet expired.  The only thing that happened was that Vega was elected to a full term as mayor.

Which ever way the court rules, it’s clear who the loser is – the people of West New York who are having their tax dollars squandered through a legal battle that never should take place.

Speedy Gonzalez Seeks Drivers License, Cannot Prove Immigration Status

Time for McCabe to apologize for the repeated libel against McGettigan. — Juan

If you build a better mousetrap, the saying goes, you will soon need a better sidewalk.  The success of slimesters like Matt Drudge, who built his entire life off of shadowing Monica Lewinsky, has encouraged others to lower themselves into the sewers to seek out the lowest common denominator in any political situation.  Facts be damned!  What matters is that hysterics sell!  Who cares if you ruin someone’s life?  They probably did something to deserve it somewhere, right?

Enter Virginia McCabe of the Atlantic Daily Sentinel.  She is, apparently, trying to make Drudge look like a legitimate journalist.  Either that or she is trying out to replace Karl Rove.  The only problem with those two comparisons is that those two guys were actually good enough to be successful.  McCabe isn’t even respected by the people whose interests she serves.

Make the jump – Speedy awaits.

Help Tom Beat Rodney

I’ve decided that I’m going to take Xpatriated Texan up on his challenge.  I was highly impressed with Tom Wyka as a candidate last election and I was happy to hear that he’s willing to go through the effort to build on his previous efforts.  New Jersey needs more quality candidates, and more candidates who aren’t “one-shot wonders”. 

Yeah, I know the party-line that this district is unwinnable.  I think President Bush’s horrendous policies have put every district in the country within our reach.  This is especially true when you have a tool like Rodney Frelinghuysen who has been a key “Bush nut-swinger” on pretty much every issue out there. 

Make the jump.  Or I’ll tell Rodney you’re talking to the Chinese…

Chris Christie’s Excellent Fishing Expedition

From the diaries — Juan

Far be it from anyone here at Blue Jersey to sling unwarranted stones at US Puppet Attorney Chris Christie – but then it seems very few are unwarranted (unlike his Lord and Master’s wiretapping powers).

I was just looking at this article in the Ledger and it made me stop and think.  I’m not a great legal scholar or anything, but when I connect the opening statement:

It was nearly a year ago, during the heat of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s election campaign, when federal investigators caused an uproar by issuing a subpoena for records of a real estate deal Menendez made.

The investigation yielded no criminal charges, and by the start of summer Menendez’s attorneys asked federal prosecutors to declare him exonerated.

Not only was that request ignored, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting, but in recent weeks new subpoenas went out, delving into other matters involving the Hudson County Democrat.

Tom O’Neil, a spokesman for the Jersey City Medical Center, confirmed last week that the hospital has received two subpoenas from federal investigators. He said hospital officials were gathering documents to fully cooperate with authorities. He declined to disclose details.

with this part, tucked deep into the second page:

In December, a grand jury heard testimony from the woman who purchased the building from Menendez and an official with North Hudson Community Action who was familiar with the lease.

Lawyers for both said last week that federal authorities were no longer asking them about that matter.

“We have not heard from the government for some time. We hope and believe that is because we have fully answered all of the questions to their satisfaction,” said Lawrence Lustberg, who represents the nonprofit group. He added, “We are absolutely confident that there was no wrongdoing whatsoever in connection with the North Hudson leases.”

I have a question – what does the lease deal have to do with the “new and improved” investigation into the Jersey City Medical Center?  More importantly, if the Grand Jury has already heard all the evidence on the lease deal, why won’t the US Tool Attorney’s office declare the case closed?