Voice of the People
By James Devine
Governor-elect Chris Christie earned fame by slapping handcuffs on dozens of corrupt politicians but now Assemblyman Joseph Cryan is trying to shackle the new governor by preventing him from reorganizing the government.
Cryan is proposing that a governor’s reorganization plan cannot take effect unless approved by lawmakers, despite the fact that the Legislature already has veto power over a reorganization plan with which they disagree.
It is fairly obvious that Cryan is trying to tie Christie’s hands to obstruct the kind of action necessary to bring New Jersey’s budget in balance.
Columnist Bob Ingle broke the news in a story titled, “Cryan shows what a hack he is.”
Ingle is Trenton Bureau Chief for Gannett New Jersey newspapers and co-author of The New York Times’ Best Seller, “The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption,” so he knows what he’s talking about:
“Cryan, who also is state Democratic Party chairman and a deputy sheriff in addition to being in the Assembly, is slapping the face of every voter who pulled the lever for Christie. There is no need for this legislation and certainly no need to rush it now. Currently, executive reorganization plans become effective after they’re filed by the governor. Any lawmaker who touches this should be targeted for defeat.”
Current law provides that an executive reorganization plan takes effect 60 days after being submitted to both houses of the Legislature, unless the Legislature passes a concurrent resolution stopping it.
Getting the Legislature, which is known for inaction, to do anything within 60 days is a way to spread the cancer of indifference and stifle legitimate functions of the executive branch.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jon Corzine dithered on making decisions throughout his term, creating many vacancies on state boards and commissions, so now he is trying to rush through 180 appointments to paid and unpaid posts before Christie takes over.
Cryan should be proposing that a governor who loses an election cannot appoint anyone to a job that will last beyond his remaining days in office, but instead he is trying to stop the change for which you voted.
Cryan is a double-dipping political hack, whose father escaped on a technicality when he was indicted for official corruption in 1979. Cryan took illegal campaign contributions from charities and tried to give a Union Township senior citizen’s land to a developer who hosted a $75,000 fundraising event for Cryan.
Cryan is clearly on the side of corrupt politicians but he was elected by people here in Union County. Now the question is this: What are you going to do about it?
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