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Atlantic City, the Camden by the ocean

Atlantic City the new Camden? Atlantic City’s soon to be take-over by the state, what to expect? In the line of fire first and foremost is the unionized workers of the city. Specifically the Atlantic City Police. Does the Camden County Police Metro Division ring a warning bell? Governor Christie has been quick to point out, 119 city employees make more than $100,000, and that 93 percent of those workers are in the city’s police and fire departments.” Christie again blames the worker for the financial mess. “That only a state takeover can rescue financially ailing Atlantic City because local officials have shown they can’t curtail runaway spending and bloated union contracts.” Governor Christie

The Atlantic City Police force unless they take huge concessions will be dissolved as it was in Camden. In the model of Camden, the majority of officers will not be rehired. Salaries will be slashed with new starting salaries beginning in the $36,000 a year range. All supported in the end by many alleged “union supporters.

Not far behind will be Atlantic City’s teachers and school employees. The school take-over in Camden dubbed as money saving was more of a power grab by the state. Christie will be on the advance, “bloated teacher contracts, rich benefits” the same assault Christie made on the workers in Camden.

We can argue there are many reasons why Atlantic City is failing. Starting with the workers of the city? I wouldn’t say that they should be the first. This is  another transparent attack by Governor Christie. Sadly, Atlantic City will never regain its former iconic status taking this step. With no real investment (there’s an idea!)and lawmakers pushing casino deals in the northern part of the state, it will become like Camden, a state managed mess with no future.

Former endorsements of Chris Christie disappearing on the internet?

To all of the spineless and useless media outlets of late to “demand that Chris Christie resign. Where were you when the state’s workers were being crushed by his hand? Where were you when he attacked teachers? Where were you when he passed tax cuts for the rich? And the economy wasn’t recovering? You were kissing his fat-ass is where you were.

Well long before it was popular to attack Governor Christie and critique his job performance WE were doing it! We named him way back Governor Hamburger! Poking fun at his size ( a bit juvenile but fun! ) But more for his grinding up the middle-class and any bystanders that were in the way. So he could provide the millionaires tax-cut.  I get the fact that covering politics is difficult and also takes many turns. As voters are concerned, sure you can change your opinion. As can a columnist for your papers. But this is why an entity should NOT ENDORSE. Just as an entity should not be recognized with rights (citizens united).

Am I saying “I told you so?” No I am not. I am saying you are a bunch of assholes though. As of this morning the Star Ledger’s 2013 endorsement of Christie for Governor was unavailable, convenient. Or are you editing the article?

UPDATE: 3/31/16 clicked above link to endorsement and it has reappeared after a few weeks of not being available. Did the Star Ledger edit the article? I do not know. Would love to know how many other articles were off-line during this period.

Sticking by our position that newspapers should not be in the business of endorsing.

Has Camden benefited from police takeover

May 2015 President Obama used Camden as his backdrop for announcing the “feds would no longer provide certain military equipment for local police” (Such as bayonets,  grenade launchers, etc.) Community policing was his theme and Camden the example of success. Praising the department for reducing crime and cutting the murder rate in half.

2013 began the new policing model in Camden. We were very critical of Camden and Camden County after eliminating the Camden Police force and creating  the  “County Police Department”. Referring to the force in Camden as the Metro force.  Promising more boots on the ground by cutting salaries and benefits. Cheaper cops becomes more cops and that equals lesser crime?  Moving forward to 2016 how has Camden County delivered since their take-over of the Camden police?

For 2015, Camden ranks sixth in the nation for murder rate. This a drop from #1 in 2014. Overall, the city ranks 4% safer than all other cities in the United States.

The future of the Camden County Police is a bit concerning. Since the take-over turnover of police is an issue. Prior to the presidents visit nearly 120 officers had resigned. With the average tenure of a new hire being under a year. Could salary play a part in the short tenure as a rookie cop is being paid under $32,000 a year.

Today we have the murder rate trending down in Camden, first place to 6th on the list of most dangerous cities. 4% better than other places to live in the United States. Is this a model that should be enacted around the country as President Obama suggested last May,
“I’ve come here to Camden to do something that might have been unthinkable just a few years ago and that is to hold you up as a symbol of promise to the nation,”  I think I may hold off on that a bit. As far as the  future of “Camden County Police”? I use quotation marks because today the county department with its metro division still has only one participant, the city of Camden. Is there a name change on the horizon?

Governor Christie, Courts, screwing the worker yet again

When Governor Christie first took office he bullied his way through the state legislature in pension reform. Today, with the affirmation of the court(s) Christie once again will bypass this obligation. The result of this inaction will further put those who participate in the program in deep peril. What will lawmakers and Governor Christie do? This question you can answer yourself by reading the first sentence again, specifically the last two words “pension reform”.

The time has long passed to hold our ELECTED OFFICIALS accountable to those they represent. The debacle that is now the State Pension System is quickly approaching BUST. And this skid has been caused by ignoring payments. Obviously, Christie can’t be trusted, as pension reform was supposed to be handled with increasing future payments.Christie promised to make the full payment(s) under a 2011 law he signed to put the pension system back on solid financial ground. Lawmakers promised to make increased annual payments to the fund after years of governors short-changing it. In exchange workers have paid more for their pension and health benefits. Last June, the state courts backed Christie’s deceit when it ruled that Christie could cut that year’s payment from $1.58 billion to $696 million because the revenue shortfall had created a fiscal emergency. Tuesday, the State  Supreme Court has also continued to back Christie’s play with a  5-to-2 decision to not properly fund.

First and foremost the fiscal emergency was created by Christie himself was it not? His budget, his projections and tax policy. Christie who some believe is a potential presidential candidate has failed in all areas of budget management. He has not adjusted his views on taxes and revenue. This is why the pension system is shorted yet again. So what’s the next step? Increase the pension and health care contributions for state workers? Or what is very likely kick the can a bit further down the road until its complete collapse. Sounds like the Federal Governments plan for Social Security.

O’Scanlon R-Monmouth plans to phase out jobs, via self-serve gas

Pump your own gas in New Jersey? Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has plans to change New Jersey’s long-standing ban. His bill would be phased in over three-years. (This was reported on nj.com)According to O’Scanlon he is “amazed at how many people bring this issue to him.”

Fellow New Jersey taxpayers and voters, the question is “why?”

( we have a great article from Shane Johnson ON THE SUBJECT   http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/why-new-jersey-has-full-service-gas-stations )

The alarming!!  Assemblyman O’Scanlon, do you realize that New Jersey has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation? How would eliminating jobs benefit the New Jersey economy?

Assemblyman O’Scanlon, with New Jersey’s budget at a shortfall (AGAIN) and desperate measures will be needed to balance (AGAIN), how is eliminating any potential tax revenue wise?

Two important questions that need to be answered!

What we do know from other self-serve experiences: less-workers equals less tax-revenue and more profits for business! That I am guessing is the real reason O’Scanlon is proposing this bill. “The same people bringing him the issue??? I would not be amazed.

 

The New Jersey Democratic response from Senate President Steve Sweeney, the proposed bill will not go to the floor for debate. Jobs preserved!! Well done Senator Sweeney!