Voice of the People: Disgraceful Politicians

By James J. Devine

New Jersey lost 6,200 jobs in November, the fourth consecutive month that the state’s unemployment rate moved higher.

In Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage and the City Council decided that something had to be done, so they gave themselves a pay hike.

Some people in Elizabeth are among the poorest in New Jersey, and while the number of Americans who take home a paycheck is dwindling every day, politicians who raise their own pay seem unbelievably arrogant.

It really makes one wonder whether all the elections are fixed because it would be hard to believe the public can be made up of idiots who fail to notice things like this.

What possible justification can Mayor Bollwage offer residents fearing loss of their homes & jobs that would satisfy any outrage rising in response not only to the pay hike, but to the speed with which politicians were able to enact more benefits for themselves?

While these questions will go unanswered, the public still waits for action on a host of untended problems such as crime and violence related to street gangs the mayor and police director still refuse to acknowledge, overcrowded schools that have been denied a chance to expand on city-owned land, corruption within City Hall and the political structure with which it is associated.

Perhaps this newspaper should publish a photo essay, featuring comparisons between poor children and seniors in need with the City Council members who have voted to give themselves bigger paychecks.

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