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He Said What??

Although it’s not a surprise that a Republican said something stupid what is surprising is that no one in the main stream media really wrote about it.

Last October Congressman Scott Garrett was at an event where a supported made the comment that doing business in the American Midwest was easier because of their “straight-forward” attitude.  

Congressman Garrett had this to add to that;

“Other ethnicities are not that way,” Garrett said. “They’ll say yes to you constantly and then you’ll realize they really didn’t mean it.”

Then in typical republican fashion he tried to back track, but that wasn’t very successful either he clarified his statement by saying that “he meant people in other countries”.  

One of the few places it was covered was MotherJones.com you can read the whole article here: http://www.motherjones.com/moj…  

Quote of the Day: Hasta La-Vista Chief Zisa

Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa resigned Thursday and is facing charges of insurance fraud. While many were surprised, not everyone was upset by the Zisa news:

As news of Zisa’s arrest and separation from the department spread throughout the city, some of his critics rejoiced.

One of the strongest critics, Bobby Egan, owner of Cubby’s Restaurant on River Street, flashed an electronic message below his sign that said “ZISA ARREST” four times.


Thomas Padilla, currently a captain in the department plans to resign his position as Freeholder and was chosen to become the acting officer in charge on Friday, though that has raised objections from some. Our Monday morning columnist, Senator Weinberg offered her comments on the whole Zisa situation as well.

Bergen County: Corruption-free for 0 days!

Maybe BCDO headquaters can put up a motivational poster to encourage Joe Ferriero to be less corrupt.

City officials gave permission to Hackensack University Medical Center to build a new cancer center. In return, the medical center agreed to handle the city’s daytime emergency ambulance calls.

Seems OK, right?

Well, consider this: A key player in this deal is Joe Ferriero, chief of Bergen’s Democratic Party and dispenser of patronage.

Ferriero, acting as a private attorney, represented the medical center in negotiations with Hackensack officials. But he insists he felt no conflict of interest. He says he was just another ordinary lawyer, not a powerful political wizard.

“If you want to criticize the deal, fine,” he told me. “But don’t say I have a conflict of interest.”

Well, consider this: Two members of the supposedly non-partisan Hackensack City Council who were supposedly objective when they had the chance to assess Ferriero’s hospital deal are also members of the Ferriero-controlled Bergen Democratic committee. Another had been a member of the committee until this year. And yet another has a job, courtesy of the Democratic-controlled county government.

And one more thing: A political action committee run by the medical center donated $10,000 in campaign funds to this supposedly non-partisan political team that took over the council in 2005.

Yep, this is one big conflict. Think of this as just a bunch of buddies, doing a deal.

But that’s not the end of it.

Keep reading for the rest.

The Shame of Hackensack

Update  The Star-Ledger has a short video that’s worth seeing:

As far as I’m aware, nothing has changed.  Hackensack truly is the “city with no pity”.  The Record asks the same thing I have:

Can the FAITH Foundation be saved?

Why not grant the storefront a variance? Or is the city’s business community so opposed to its existence that such a request would be denied?

The conclusion is heart-rending as it is shocking: “Hackensack, it seems, no longer has room in its heart for [Robin Reilly].”


Two Clinton Rallies in NJ Tomorrow

Senator Hillary Clinton will visit New Jersey tomorrow and will attend two rallies – one in Hackensack and another in North Bergen. No tickets required, but you may want to show up early to make sure you get in. Details below.

5:30 p.m. EST

Hillary Clinton Hosts a “Solutions for America” Rally

Bergen County Academies

200 Hackensack Avenue

Hackensack, NJ

7:00 p.m. EST

Hillary Clinton Hosts “Juntos con Hillary, a una Vida Mejor” Rally

Schuetzen Park

3167 Kennedy Boulevard

North Bergen, NJ

Stand By Your Man

Even when he’s about to drive off a cliff. Joe Ferriero loyal lemming Lynne Hurwitz admits that the BCDO chairman is an embarassment to the Democratic party:

Those opposed to the planned suit will be able to register their vote when the county committee meets. Or, said Hackensack Democratic Chairwoman Lynne Hurwitz, they could find time to schedule a private, diplomatic meeting with Ferriero.

“I’ve never known him not to want to sit down and discuss things,” Hurwitz said. “The desire to bring it out on the street only tells me that they want a raucous confrontation and to embarrass the party.”

Get that? Everything Joe Ferriero wants to do should be discussed in private because it would be too embarrassing if anyone else found out. Without a hint of irony, Hurwitz finishes that thought by criticizing the democratic actions of Bergen County Democratic party protesters to a newspaper reporter.

“Christmas Tree” Grants

Recently, State Senator Joseph Coniglio of Bergen County was informed that he is a target in an investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office into the now-infamous “Christmas Tree” grants provided by the New Jersey State Legislature.  “Christmas Tree” grants are legislative grants added on to the State budget by legislators during the final days and hours before the budget is adopted, to aid particular constituencies or organizations, often located in their legislative district or employing friends or relatives of the legislators.  In Coniglio’s case, a “Christmas Tree” grant of at least $1.6 million was allegedly provided to the Hackensack University Medical Center shortly after the Center hired the Senator as a plumbing contractor at a salary of $5,000 per month.  There are two important aspects of the “Christmas Tree Scandal” that the mainstream media has been overlooking.