Daily Archives: December 14, 2010

>APP Letter: Scharfenberger lied about his resume

>Just when you thought that the election of 2010 was behind us an interesting letter appeared in yesterdays Asbury Park Press.

The letter was written by Leonard Glickman of Middletown. In it he questions Gerry Scharfenberger’s reason for trying to keep his new State job (that Governor Christie handed to him on a sliver platter), quiet again.
This is an issue that seems as if it wont die, people are still talking about it more than a month after it became common public knowledge and what makes this even more interesting is that after doing a little research, it seems that Mr. Glickman is a registered Republican with no know Democratic affiliation, so people like Gerry and others who are affiliated with the Middletown GOP, can’t say Democrats in town are bringing up this issue, keeping it alive or are crying over the November election results. This is a Republican in town who is questioning this, no one else.
Here’s what he had to say:

The issue regarding Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger’s failing to mention his newly appointed job as director of New Jersey’s Office of Planning Advocacy when asked a direct question about his employment by a reporter during his re-election campaign is simple: He lied about his resume.

This is a significant offense. When anyone gets caught lying about his resume, severe repercussions almost always follow.

Why he lied, albeit through omission, is difficult to understand. After all, being appointed by the governor to such a position would seem to be a campaign plus.

By knowingly omitting this information, Scharfenberger exercised poor judgment. He must have been thinking only of himself, perhaps wrongly thinking he would be attacked for holding this job and therefore jeopardizing his re-election.

He certainly wasn’t doing Gov. Chris Christie any favors by not being entirely honest.

He has now become a liability for Christie. This kind of story doesn’t just fade away.

The Asbury Park Press may be right that Scharfenberger should resign from either the state job or as mayor.

Christie has demonstrated that he is on top of his administration, so it would not be surprising to read that he is discussing this with the mayor.

It is up to Middletown’s Township Committee to consider what it means for the township to be led by someone who put himself above all others (and then simply dismissed the issue as the story developed).

Leonard Glickman

MIDDLETOWN


If Mr. Glickman is thinking along these lines I wonder how many more are?

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>It’s Your Town – Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 26- 12/06/10

>Here is the latest edition of the It’s Your Town newsletter, which covers the Middletown Township Committee meeting of December 6, 2010. It was a very short meeting, but there was good discussion that took place regarding employee health insurance and retirement benefits.

There was also public input about televising these meetings as well as the presentation by Committeeman Sean Byrnes of a resolution to broadcast the meetings. This resolution should be on the agenda for the December 20th meeting, as requested by Mr. Byrnes.

Seeing that the December 20th Township Committee meeting will be the last one for Committeeman Byrnes as an elected official, it will be interesting to see if it is actually voted on.

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>NJPP Monday Minute 12/13/10: Great Expectations: Choose New Jersey

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“The companies that join Choose New Jersey contribute $450,000 and we expect a return on that investment.”

That’s a quote about the creation of a new nonprofit corporation attributed to John Bigelow, president of the New Jersey division of American Water, a company that has 2.5 million customers in 17 New Jersey counties.

The “return on investment” American Water expects is clearly lower taxes for corporations and, ultimately, fewer services for the rest of us.

Choose New Jersey is a new corporate-funded 501(c)(3) which is being championed by Governor Christie as the state’s cheerleader for doing business in New Jersey. Every nonprofit (and even some for-profits) envies Choose New Jersey because of its funding – 14 corporations have committed a total of $2.1 million a year for the next three years to capitalize the group’s operations. The chair of its board is New Jersey Verizon president Dennis Bone. The organization’s 16 board members are mostly presidents or CEOs of private corporations, almost all of whom earn million-dollar salaries. Nine of the 14 corporations currently have contracts with the state; four of them have received business subsidies totaling $216 million.

The organization is said to have its genesis in the transition team report delivered to Governor Christie by his Subcommittee on Economic Development & Job Growth.

The impact of the subcommittee’s report cannot be ignored. Many of the legislative changes on the fast track this month can be found there. What is compelling about this report and fascinating about what’s going on in the Legislature right now is that no analysis accompanies most of the policy recommendations. Democrats and Republicans alike have bought into the notion that reducing public resources by cutting taxes and eliminating regulations will make New Jersey more competitive. There seems to be little interest in the fact that less revenue means fewer public services.

Fourteen corporations have committed a total of $6.3 million to this nonprofit corporation for the next three years. This nonprofit won’t be providing medical services to poor people or after school programs for children. Based on the work of other corporate lobbying groups like the various state chambers of commerce, it’s unlikely to do research. It doesn’t seem to have an educational purpose. It won’t be guarding the state’s rivers and beaches from polluters.

What’s troublesome is the obvious and direct connection between the substantial corporate donations and the expected policy changes. As the quote above indicates, contributors to this nonprofit expect a return from their investment. Money does buy access and that’s clearly the point of this new nonprofit.

Following are the board members of Choose New Jersey:

  • American Water – Don Correll, CEO & President
  • Atlantic City Electric – Vincent Malone, President
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Robert Doherty, State President
  • Bethany Baptist Church – M. William Howard, Jr., Pastor
  • Healthcare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) – Bob Hugin, Celegene President & COO (representing HINJ)
  • Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ – William Marino, Chairman & CEO
  • Laborers Union – Raymond M. Pocino, LIUNA VP & Eastern Regional Manager
  • New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group – Bernard Flynn, President & CEO
  • New Jersey Resources – Laurence Downes, Chairman & CEO
  • Novartis – Kevin Rigby, VP of Public Affairs
  • Prudential Financial – John Strangefeld, Chairman & CEO
  • Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) – Ralph Izzo, Chairman & CEO
  • South Jersey Industries – Edward Graham, President & CEO
  • United Water – Robert Iacullo, President & CEO
  • Verizon – Dennis Bone, President of Verizon NJ
  • Wakefern Food Corporation – Joe Colalillo, President

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