Ive recently turned my political attention to the local level and I am quite dismayed with the blatant cronyism apparent therein. What I find most disturbing is that this is under a Democratic administration.
I live in Rutherford in Bergen County. Our mayor, also a freeholder, and members of her council, have been known to garner jobs/appointments for family and friends. For example, during the tenure of one such council member, his brother-in-law landed a job in the police force and his sister as a school nurse. There are also rumors of an illicit affair involving the mayor, but that is hearsay.
Some citizens of the town tired of the environment and switched party affiliation to run as Repubs.
Is that the best way to deal with cronyism on the local level? I have been interested in running in town though I would rather not run on a party ticket with any affiliation to Forrester and Dubya. Additionally, the Democrats in town are riding on the coattails of Corzine which makes it difficult to criticize one and not the other.
Basically, what is the best way to change the local party from within without indirectly benefiting the Repubs? There is the Green party, but nobody seems to take them seriously.