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-