Tag Archive: Scott Rudder

Boiling Frogs in the Pinelands

The old story goes that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, he will jump out immediately. But if you put a frog in a pot of cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, he will stay there and be cooked to death.

That’s what happened to America under George W. Bush, and to a lesser extent, that’s what’s happening in the Pinelands of New Jersey today.

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Pinelands – Photo by author

Lowering the Bar – Bad for New Jersey

In a densely populated state with few indigenous traditional sources of energy, the cost, safety, and reliability of New Jersey’s energy supply present significant challenges. Energy prices are rising, the capacity for energy distribution is becoming strained, and environmental impact is a major concern. Some of those challenges were addressed today at a joint Senate/Assembly hearing in Toms River co-chaired by Senator Bob Smith and Assemblyman John McKeon.

By law, the state must issue an Energy Master Plan (EMP) that documents the administration’s “strategic vision for the use, management, and development of energy in New Jersey over the next decade.” The plan must be revised every three years.

Governor Christie’s draft EMP was the topic of today’s hearings.  Prior to these discussions, hearings were conducted by the governor’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU). I did not attend those, but from the information I have, those hearings were biased toward the traditional electrical power generation and distribution industries. By contrast, today’s hearings gave environmentalists and activists an opportunity to be heard.

Removing Illegals

I had a momentary surge of happiness when I read the headline on a press release that was published by my New Jersey legislators. It read:

Addiego, Rudder, & Delany Bills will Remove Illegals from Behind the Wheel.

“Finally!” I thought. Someone is doing something about Wall Street bankers and corrupt corporatists. If we can’t put them in jail for destroying the American economy, at least we can take away their drivers licenses.

Of course, what my mean-spirited Republican legislators were referring to is undocumented immigrants. People who believe in the American Dream and come here to make a better life for their families. And unless you are a Native American, you or your ancestors did the same.

But the bills proposed by my Republican legislators are not only mean-spirited, but they place an undue burden on everyone. They require that individuals who sell a car ensure that the buyer is not undocumented.

Make no mistake about it. Those who are undocumented are not following the legal process. But their “crime” and its impact is much less than the crimes of the Bush administration, the crimes of the Wall Street financiers, and the crimes of the corporate cartels.

Instead of putting roadblocks in front of hard working folks who are trying to make ends meet and contribute to society, the Republicans, along with Democrats and Independents, should take positive action on immigration reform and clear the path for legal, compassionate, and comprehensive immigration.

And let’s put the real “illegals”, the ones that trashed the American economy,  in jail.

Republicans Cry Out for More Taxes

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No, this is not an Onion headline.   It’s true.

Medford is a town in Burlington County, and it’s as Republican as you can get.  Assemblyman Scott Rudder hails from there, and Chris Myers (John Adler’s opponent in 2008) is its Deputy Mayor.  Last year, Chris Christie carried the township with 60% of the vote in a three-way race.

So why at a public meeting this week were township residents clamoring for a tax increase?

find out below the fold

Quote of the Day: Of feral cats and veterans

The race for Assembly in the 8th district is already seems up to full speed.  Republican Incumbent Scott Rudder and challenging Democrat Bill Brown have been going back and forth over veteran’s issues this week.

Yesterday, Brown called on Rudder to sign his petition and condemn the comments made by Laura Ingraham about the Navy Seal Snipers.  Rather than answer Brown’s call, Rudder tried to tout his work for veterans citing past efforts with Brown as an example.   That prompted Brown to put out a release giving examples of how Rudders efforts were for show including this tidbit:

Scott Rudder has introduced more legislation pertaining to feral cats than veteran’s causes.

Ouch.  Brown then responded that Rudder had time to put out a press release, but not sign his Ingraham petition.  Fasten your seat belts, it’s only April.

Oops they did it again!

First, Dawn Marie Addiego attacks Italian-Americans (of which she is one),when she ran against Dean Buono. Now she is attacking Muslims. Freeholder Addiego, are all Muslims terrorists? You are a supposed lawyer, as such, you are sworn to uphold the U. S. Constitution. To jog your memory, in America you are innocent until proven guilty.

Tracy Riley, whom you Rudder and Haines (also a lawyer) attacked in your garbage mail piece is not a lawyer, therefore your BS statement of “If she goes to Trenton, will she really fight for tougher crime laws that could hurt her clients?” is not only misleading, but unethical and most likely libel, as you, Freeholder Addiego, County Clerk Haines & Mayor Rudder should know. Isn’t one civil law suit for slander and libel enough for you Ms. Addiego?

Tracy Riley has spoken on the record that she is pro death penalty, therefore once again, you have lied to the voters with your statement of “Will she repeal death penalty laws for terrorists?”

My favorite part of your attack piece is “Now, Tracy Riley’s Family’s Law Firm Is Defending Him…” Really Mr. Haines? We know her mother is not a lawyer, her father was not a lawyer, her daughter is not a lawyer and Tracy herself is not a lawyer. So Addiego, Haines & Rudder must be talking about Mrs. Riley’s husband; Mike Riley, whom is the only lawyer in the bunch. The only lawyer qualified to be appointed by the FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM to represent the alleged terrorist you speak of in your attack piece is Tracy’s husband, Mike Riley. Ms. Addiego, you are not qualified to defend anyone, neither is Mr. Haines. You are both lawyers?… Addiego, Rudder & Haines keep padding their pensions with their County & Township jobs (like Mr. Rudder’s father did for Martha Bark) and spitting out lies.

Let’s add a little truth, because as we all know, the truth hurts…

Ms. Addiego has received most of her political contributions from developers (source ELEC). The truth is Freeholder Addiego “let’s save the open space” is a developer herself, does Krystal Development mean anything to you Dawn. How about the Aurora (Aurora means the Dawn)room at the money sucking Indian Spring golf course you gave us. How about raising County taxes while lowering the rate and stating you’ve never raised taxes? We are not stupid, we can add. Your lies don’t add up and we in Evesham are fed up with them.

Mr. Haines, where exactly do you live? Oh that’s right, with your disabled brother whom doesn’t pay property taxes. Our tax dollars certainly pay you enough money to actually buy a home and pay taxes like the rest of us.

Mr Rudder, last but never least, shall we hang on your head as you have tried to do to Tracy, through her husband, the past sins of your father. Through the BCIT with Senator Bark and her pension padding no show jobs your father made that possible? How does it feel Skippy to have mud slung at your family?

My advice to the Haines, Addiego & Rudder team is learn the Constitution you took oaths to uphold, without doing so, you are as guilty as the alleged terrorist. Your source for your attack piece was the Burlington County Times, even they think you are bogus. See their editorial below.

Politics by innuendo

Burlington County Times

The Republicans must think Burlington County voters are stupid.
How else to explain a misguided letter three GOP mayors leaked to the press this week?
In it, they challenge a candidate for state Assembly on grounds that her husband is representing a man accused in a failed terrorist plot against Fort Dix.
The heads of North Hanover, Wrightstown and New Hanover sent their letter to Tracy Riley, a Democratic councilwoman from Mount Laurel running for office in the 8th District.
It urged her to ask Michael Riley, a former Burlington County prosecutor, to withdraw from his court-appoint position as lawyer for Shain Duka.
Duka is one of six suspects in the case that came to light in May.
Five men, including the Cherry Hill resident, face life sentences if convicted of conspiracy to murder military personnel; the sixth is charged with weapons offenses that could draw 10 years in prison.
During an election in which Republicans here are being seriously challenged for the first time in decades, the mayors’ missive smacks of fear and desperation.
We don’t think voters are dumb. They will see through the innuendo and recognize this ploy for what it is: political maneuvering at its basest.
The mayors represent towns near Fort Dix. Their letter not only seeks Michael Riley’s abandonment of the case, it also asks Tracy Riley – who works at her husband’s firm – how she feels about such topics as abolishing the death penalty and cracking down on illegal immigration.
“… We feel it’s imperative you answer some questions about how your penchant for defending lowlifes like this would affect decisions you make in the Legislature,” the letter read in part.

Mayor Lou DeLorenzo of North Hanover said he sent the letter to Riley and area newspapers from a fax machine at the North Hanover Municipal Building.
That means it went out on the taxpayers’ dime.
His explanations that the letter represents public business on behalf of township residents ring hollow.
It’s impossible to conclude this move doesn’t play into the campaign plans of 8th District GOP candidates Phil Haines, Dawn Marie Addiego and Scott Rudder, who quickly issued a statement saying they agree with the mayors.
A fourth area mayor whose town is near Fort Dix was left out of the loop when it came to drafting the letter,
That would be Mayor David Patriarca of Pemberton Township. He’s a Democrat.
The exclusion was an oversight, Mayor DeLorenzo said.
Pretty convenient one, we say.
Two points to remember in the fog of political war are the Constitution guarantees legal representation to every accused, no matter how heinous the crime, and a defense attorney has the absolute right to defend any client.
Trying to smear Tracy Riley because her husband is carrying out his country’s constitutional mandate is a foolhardy tactic on the part of the mayors – and the Republican organization backing them.
“Quite frankly, these mayors need a civics lesson on what the Constitution provides,” said Joe Pinto, president of the Burlington County Bar Association.
They could also use a refresher in campaigning with integrity.

My opinion on the alleged terrorist, if found to be guilty, give them the death penalty or better yet, kill them and save the taxpayers money. An eye for an eye.

Pathetic

This is the mailer that just hit from the Constitution-hating 8th district Republican team Phil Haines, Dawn Addiego and Scott Rudder. It’s hardly unexpected from the party that so easily throws away the rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution. But back in August when they were first using this line of attack and newspaper editorial boards were smacking them around for it, Riley never fought back, and the Republicans seized on the milquetoast response as an invitation to shit on the Constitution some more:
Terrorist Mailer in LD-8

8th District Dem Assembly Candidates Hold Republicans’ Feet to Fire on Pay-to-Play

In the 8th District, the Republican ticket of County Clerk Phil Haines, Medford Mayor Scott Rudder, and Freeholder Dawn Addiego have good reason to try and distract voters with a mindless campaign based on questioning Riley’s patriotism because her husband is a public defender in the Ft. Dix case. This Republican ticket, which is running for Martha Bark’s seat and has strong connections to Boss Glenn Paulsen, has refused to do anything remotely close to the level of support for ethics reform proposed by Tracy Riley and Chris Fifis, both of whom put forth strong ethics proposals while serving on the Mt. Laurel city council and Pemberton economic council, respectively.

In fact, Riley and Fifis have challenged their Republican counterparts to sign onto a pay-to-play ban and to enact such legislation as BurlCo freeholders and mayors — not surprisingly, the Republicans refuse to join in recent pay-to-play bans in local townships.  Riley, who has some potential for a bright political future, says the following about the Republicans’ inaction:

  “It’s time for them to lead for once?It’s time for them to do the right thing for taxpayers who are paying more than ever and seeing more of their tax dollars lost to insider deals like up to $50,000 a month ‘lobbying’ contracts for GOP bosses at obscure county agencies, $330,000 in no-show jobs for a state senator so she could lobby herself and $9 million squandered at a public country club while career politician Dawn Addiego’s family profited. Enough is enough.”

The Democrats in District 8 are bringing the fight straight to the Republicans who refuse to sign on for clean government. This is one more reason why change is needed there in the all Republican freeholder board and the Republican-held senate and assembly seats.

Coddling the Constitutional Cowards

Haines, Addiego & Rudder

Late last week three Republican mayors from Burlington County made a mockery of themselves when they feigned outrage that Assembly candidate Tracy Riley’s husband is a defense attorney. They were shocked that he was appointed to represent one of the men accused of the Fort Dix ‘terror plot’. Their thin grasp of the Constitution quickly earned them a thorough smackdown from the Burlington County Times editorial board which reminded them that “they could also use a refresher in campaigning with integrity.”

The irony was probably lost on them. While they try to scare people with their terrorism fear-mongering, they are in fact that ones who – without so much as a fight – are throwing away those things that are so fundamental to our country. Due process, the presumption of innocence, the right to an attorney…they’re all just arcane afterthoughts to be discarded and used for political ammunition.

It looked bad enough that they would ruin their reputations for a cheap political attack on behalf of their legislative candidates. But the public humiliation must have been too tempting for the candidates to resist. Today eighth district Republican candidates Phil Haines, Dawn Addiego and Scott Rudder issued a press release once again attacking their opponent and her husband’s job.

To know in advance the ridicule and mockery that await you. To know that you are crapping on our country’s most cherished values. To attack the document they each swore to uphold and defend. And to defend the indefensible. That is what desperation smells like.