You outdid yourself today. TWO, count ’em, TWO items in the Record today. Anybody else reminded of the limbo?
So, basically, the article today explained in more depth the nature of the relationship at Governmental Grants Consulting – between Joe Ferriero, Dennis Oury, Republican Leonard Kaiser (Executive Director of the BCUA) and Mr. Spatz, who appears to be like the character on Hogan’s heroes. “I know nuthink!” He just got his paycheck and in a way that Ferriero finds endearing in his minions – was VERY VERY uncurious about the rest of the company. He got his paycheck as PRESIDENT of the company and asked no questions. He was just a lowly employee. That’s it. Oury was hired by Ridgefield and Bergenfield who, in an odd coincidence just so happened to hire Govermental Grants Consulting (GGC).
Which MEANS that this looks bad for Joe and his best bud Dennis. They were responsible for doing the dirty work then.
See, Oury actually had the nerve to charge Bergenfield $135 for one phone call to his lowly employee, Mr. Spatz, to hire/instruct his employee to now charge Bergenfield as a client. That’s what you call getting ’em coming AND going.
Oury never let on to anyone that he had a financial stake in GGC – even when he was involved in HIRING GGC for those towns. In fact, for two guys so arrogant they do all their unethical deeds in the blinding light of day, it was a huge surprise to me and many others familiar with Dennis Oury’s business dealings and Joe Ferriero’s sphere of influence, that we had NEVER EVER heard of GGC in connection to either of these two guys. It looks suspiciously like they were definitely trying to keep this stuff secret.
Ferriero’s role came in the form of influencing the State or County officials that created and administered the grants AND influencing the Municipal Officials who applied for and identified projects for the grants AND hired GGC to help them get those grants.
It appears Oury was the matchmaker here, introducing the UNCURIOUS Mr. Spatz to the Bipartisan corruption team of Ferriero and Kaiser.
Spatz would – like a bag man – (or a loyal retriever – take your pick), deliver the checks he got into Joe’s hands to bring to the bank – and then the proceeds would get split 4 ways among Oury, Ferriero, Kaiser, and Spatz.
In making it seem like Oury and Ferriero had no real role in this – Spatz said they would only supply cash and RECOMMEND the towns to approach.
That would be harmless, if OURY had not already inserted his tentacles into every available orifice of said towns, and Ferriero had not already whispered into the ears of the UNCURIOUS elected officials in those towns who he had just helped to elect that GGC would be a great “investment”.
What is REALLY sad is that the UNCURIOUS elected officials duped by this scam did not check out GGC to find out that they were not even registered in NJ, like a legitimate business would be.
The second item – a Charles Stile column, informs us that companies like Maser consulting – who seems to get hired for engineering services in Ferriero-crat towns, contributed big to the fund that paid for Joe Ferriero’s slick advertising before his “re-election”. That fund is not regulated because Joe is not an elected government official. He just ACTS like one.
Also the Waters, McPherson, and McNeill, PC (any relation to Bernadette?) donated to the “Help Little Joey” fund. That would be just great if they did not make $1.2 million being General Counsel to the BCUA – one of those “Shadow governments” that spend cash like drunken sailors without any oversight that Senator Weinberg brought to our attention last year.
Although the donors were not required to list how much they spent on the “Help Little Joey” fund, and Joe himself refuses to reveal what companies or individuals gave and the law does not require them to, a few companies (oops!) kept track of what they gave – which is why we know about Maser and the Waters firm. They made over $50,000 in government contracts and accidentally listed donations to the “Help Little Joey” fund. That probably will NOT happen again.
And so I end this diary with questions for Gov. Corzine:
Are you SURE you want to defend the way Joe Ferriero does business – still? Do the ends – electing Democrats – justify the means – Pay to Play – if the means enable Joe and his cronies to personally profit? You took office without taking a paycheck. Do you realize, your friends may not be as pure of motive?