By James J. Devine
Unless Linden Councilman Peter Brown learns to play fair, act responsibly, work together or show respect he is going to have a short life in government, but apparently the 28-year-old politician believes the key to longevity is serving power brokers, party bosses and his rather sizable ego.
After over-stepping the bounds of his committee assignment to such an extent that the panel had to be disbanded and seeking to undermine the Council President elected directly by city voters, Brown secretly recorded a conversation with Mayor Richard Gerbounka in which he makes petulant complaints about criticism of his disruptive behavior.
“Gerbounka calls Brown a ‘rogue.’ Council President James Moore tells The Auditor that Brown is ‘out of control.’ They use words like “harassment” and “disruptive” to describe his… methods,” said a Star Ledger report about that incident.
An NAACP representative said Brown’s vote against making Councilman Derek Armstead the governing body’s President Pro Tempore amounts to “a slap in the face to the city’s minority community.”
Armstead said of Brown, “I am terribly disappointed in his behavior.”
Brown also betrayed the public’s trust by voting to award high paying jobs to City Attorney John Hudak and Municipal Court Judge Louis M.J. DiLeo, who Superior Court Judge Scott Moynihan accused of a “perversion of justice” for the unfair way he conducted a city trial.
Brown also betrayed his constituents by taking $15,000 in city funding away from the Pop Warner Football league that serves local youth.
Peter Brown has used his office to cheat taxpayers by advancing political patronage and trying to obstruct reformers because he would rather please party bosses than serve the public.
Brown earned a college degree in Finance, but one would think he majored in Anatomy the way he kisses up to political insiders, even though they spurned his candidacy when he showed an ounce of independence going into last year’s primary.
Now, Brown has betrayed the promise of his campaign slogan, “Democrats for Change and Action,” alienated many of the public officials with whom he is obligated to work and injured children who want to play football instead of following a path to crime and drugs.
He should do his constituents a favor and quit to spare them from having to mount a recall effort.
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