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  •  Yes, and this is so blatent and so common that (38+ / 0-)

    it seems that the senior civil servants of New Jersey figure this is just the way things are done there.

    And, look how easy it is for a politician like Christie to exploit this to build a powerful political machine.

    How loyal would you be, if a Governor was sending you several hundred thousands dollars a year, to the accumulated tune of millions?  Would you volunteer for his campaign committees? Would you hold fund raising parties?

    What if you were younger, and not double-dipping yet, or even on the state payroll, but you gradually discover from older siblings or parents, or friend's parents that so many of the people that live in the really big houses got rich by being one of Christie's lackeys.

    Then even if you're a Democrat, you think I better sign up for the winning team.

    One of the sadder aspects we see here is that some of the hard core Democrats may not be truly "progressive," liberal, or even "Democratic" in terms of values, but it turns out to be the way to get lucrative state payola where ever they grew up.  Some may not have any political values other than career advancement.

    So, is it possible that some of the Democrats who bailed out on the New Jersey Democratic candidate for Governor to support Christie, instead, were just making a career advancement move?  Like, "who would sign up for he losing team when you can be a winner."  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:43:28 AM PST

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    •  You are just noticing this??? (4+ / 0-)
      One of the sadder aspects we see here is that some of the hard core Democrats may not be truly "progressive," liberal, or even "Democratic" in terms of values, but it turns out to be the way to get lucrative state payola where ever they grew up.
      That has been Democratic political machines for a century and a half. And the one in NJ was more corrupt than most! Read this:

      http://www.thejerseysting.com/

    •  Hound dog, the problem with this as a "scandal" (0+ / 0-)

      is that Christie agrees with you. It's actually the police unions which oppose this type of pension reform.

      You'll notice that most of your stories inviolate police injuries. What's worse is the number of mental injuries claimed by police. We have police officers claiming they were traumatized by witnessing dead bodies, who then get total disability and go out and earn big bucks.

      But it's NOT the governor supporting this.

      •  Then how do you explain (0+ / 0-)

        why he hired 19 of them onto his staff?

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:24:13 AM PST

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        •  Hi there (0+ / 0-)

          The reason is because so many, many people are double dipping. Look at the budget guy who injured his hand, then later went to law school, etc. we're talking more than 20 years later that he was hired. A lot of people didn't even know he had a police pension when he came on board.

          My husband is almost in the minority since he won't have 2 pensions.

          Also, I'd have to see the list of the 19. How many were hired by him, vs just being in state govt, hired by his people or his predecessors.

    •  My feelings exactly (0+ / 0-)

      LET'S KEEP  OUR EYES OPEN AND HOPE THAT THE TURNCOAts  keep  this scandal going.  The longer the handle on the shovel the deeper it can dig.  We're getting close to 6 feet!

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