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>Freeholder-Elect Amy Mallet: Goal Is To Have Transparency , Oversight, and Full Accountability

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The following is a letter to Monmouth County residents from Freeholder-elect Amy Mallet:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the voters of Monmouth County who put their confidence in my candidacy for Freeholder. We saw a record number of voters turning out to make their voices heard. This dramatic election changed the course of history in our nation and in our county. As a result of this election, we now have a Democratic majority on the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the first time in 23 years. I appreciate the time that all voters gave in expressing their concerns about the future direction of our county. Please rest assured that I take all suggestions and concerns very seriously.

These are challenging times requiring restraint and thoughtful strategy to achieve our goals. Each of our 53 municipalities has unique challenges, and I look forward to working with all of them. Our community has so much potential if we structure our priorities in a sensible way. I look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, bringing fresh, new ideas to the table. Our diverse county has so much to offer residents from beachfronts to river banks and from urban areas to farmland. We will be discussing ideas which will set our county apart as a model for counties across the state and country.

Under the new democratic leadership, we are going to have serious conversations about environmental plans which will improve our quality of life and provide new job opportunities while saving taxpayer dollars. Our budget will be reviewed department by department as we seek sustainable cost-saving measures. Contracts will be reviewed carefully to be sure we are fiscally responsible to the people of Monmouth County. My goal is to have our county government functioning with transparency and oversight, with full accountability to the taxpayers.

It is my hope that new voters who came out this year to make history will be inspired to continue making their voices heard in all future elections. As I travel throughout the county, it is with a humble gratitude for the opportunity to serve you, and an unwavering commitment to enhance the lives of the people of Monmouth County.

Amy A. Mallet
Monmouth County
Freeholder-Elect

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Freeholder-Elect Amy Mallet: Goal Is To Have Transparency , Oversight, and Full Accountability

The following is a letter to Monmouth County residents from Freeholder-elect Amy Mallet:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the voters of Monmouth County who put their confidence in my candidacy for Freeholder. We saw a record number of voters turning out to make their voices heard. This dramatic election changed the course of history in our nation and in our county. As a result of this election, we now have a Democratic majority on the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the first time in 23 years. I appreciate the time that all voters gave in expressing their concerns about the future direction of our county. Please rest assured that I take all suggestions and concerns very seriously.

These are challenging times requiring restraint and thoughtful strategy to achieve our goals. Each of our 53 municipalities has unique challenges, and I look forward to working with all of them. Our community has so much potential if we structure our priorities in a sensible way. I look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, bringing fresh, new ideas to the table. Our diverse county has so much to offer residents from beachfronts to river banks and from urban areas to farmland. We will be discussing ideas which will set our county apart as a model for counties across the state and country.

Under the new democratic leadership, we are going to have serious conversations about environmental plans which will improve our quality of life and provide new job opportunities while saving taxpayer dollars. Our budget will be reviewed department by department as we seek sustainable cost-saving measures. Contracts will be reviewed carefully to be sure we are fiscally responsible to the people of Monmouth County. My goal is to have our county government functioning with transparency and oversight, with full accountability to the taxpayers.

It is my hope that new voters who came out this year to make history will be inspired to continue making their voices heard in all future elections. As I travel throughout the county, it is with a humble gratitude for the opportunity to serve you, and an unwavering commitment to enhance the lives of the people of Monmouth County.

Amy A. Mallet
Monmouth County
Freeholder-Elect

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>Quote of the Day

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“I have a hard time pronouncing his name. I just call him the idiot.”

— David Gergen, interviewed on CNN, about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Quote of the Day

“I have a hard time pronouncing his name. I just call him the idiot.”

— David Gergen, interviewed on CNN, about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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>Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

>Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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>New Jersey Corrupt? Just Take a look at Illinois

>Illinois has long legacy of public corruption, at least 79 elected officials have been convicted of wrongdoing since 1972


MSNBC .com has a story that details the long history of corruption that has engulfed Illinois politics which dates back to the late 19th century, and we thought New Jersey had problems with corrupt officials : 
” Illinois’ official slogan is the “Land of Lincoln,” but an equally apt descriptor would be the “Land of Greased Palms.”

The state, Cook County and its governmental seat, Chicago, have a long history of corruption by elected and appointed officials.

The culture of corruption dates back to the late 19th century, when a gambling-house owner named Michael Cassius McDonald created the city’s first political machine, establishing a model in which officials would distribute contracts, jobs and social services in exchange for political support, according to a scholarly history of organized crime in Chicago by Robert Lombardo, a sociology professor and former Chicago and Cook County police officer.

  

Its persistence was documented in Sept. 7, 2006 by the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported that at least 79 current or former Illinois, Chicago or Cook County elected officials had been found guilty of a crime by judges, juries or their own pleas since 1972. The paper provided this tally of the tarnished: three governors, two other state officials, 15 state legislators, two congressmen, one mayor, three other city officials, 27 aldermen, 19 Cook County judges and seven other Cook County officials.”…


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