Elizabeth, NJ Election
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Since: Apr 10
#1 Apr 22, 2010
In Perspective: Elizabeth NJ, A Tale of Two Cities
The politics in Elizabeth NJ are known as some of the messiest in the state. The voters are long tired of the dirty tricks played, and think that the election process and propaganda is all lies and just some politicians trying to get rich or powerful. As a result, most people cant be bothered with town politics or voting. They are right, they dont know who to believe, and most choose to ignore it. This side says this, that side says that, whos right, whos wrong, who cares? I will borrow Phoenixs description to try and put into perspective the two sides in the city, so that those that dont already know can be informed of some of what its about.
The feuds go way back. Back to Elizabeth Mayor Thomas G. Dunn: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/02/13/nyregion/th...
Jimmy Devine helped Lesniak run against Dunn for Mayor in 1980, heres his story: http://www.politickernj.com/tags/james-devine
Some perspective on Lesniak and Bollwage:
Fast forward to the present, the Fajardo camp is the successor to the Dunn camp. They are the citys other government. They admire Dunn because he was such a successful long term politician with only a grade school education, but the gift of gab and political strategy. Look at the resumes of many in this camp, even prominent EBOE members, and theyre a bit thin in the Education department. Most of their focus is in business and finance. Theyve done what they have to do to improve the schools, but their political aspirations influences their administrative decisions and this does not serve the children. It looks like the EBOE is doing a good job. So many new schools, kids having to wear uniforms to avoid the gang colors, early childhood education centers, re-structuring of schools to reward the hard working kids. A lot of good things are being accomplished. Its just unfortunate that a lot of the good is done for the wrong reasons. During the 2008 races, they put out ads against the mayor and his not wanting to sell a parcel of land to the BOE that he offered to a supposed crony, Ray Vella who was found guilty for paying bribes to a Linden housing official.(Similar to the Obama/Rezko issue). Then there was the rebuttal by the city via a NJ state investigation: http://blog.nj.com/ledgerarchives/2008/05/eli...
So in 2009, the Fajardo camp backed Christie to try and tilt the advantage in their favor. A politically desperate and gutsy move, since as Chris DAmico points out in the article linked above A city Republican convention, with all members present, could be called to order in a telephone booth, if any of either were left. Although we know there are Repulicans, they just have to disguise as Democrats to get anywhere.
Whats left to see is how that move will play out in the races. For my part, knowing their true aims, I cant see giving them any more money to continue building their other government. Its bad enough what we have to pay to the city, but we need police, firemen, city services. More schools, and more salaries? Enough already. Its bad enough our taxes in Elizabeth are at the levels they were in nicer wealthy suburban towns just a few years ago.
#2 May 20, 2010
Very informative. Thanks for sharing.
#3 May 20, 2010
Lets all start throwing fecies!
#4 May 21, 2010
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