The News of Cumberland County printed a story based on the press release issued by Tom Sheppard on the salaries of county employees. Tom correctly pointed out that there were ten employees earning more than $100,000 despite the fact that Lou called any salary over $75,000 a year “greedy”.
The newspaper points out that some (not all) of the salaries are mandated:
Salaries for prosecutor’s office employees are mandated by the New Jersey Superior Court as a result of a lawsuit filed against the county by the prosecutor’s office.
The News, always an ally of Lou, played down the fact that the County Clerk’s salary was also mandated by law. Lou then made this utterly stupid remark:
“It is totally unreasonable to blame those salaries on the freeholders. They’re mixing apples and oranges,” Magazzu said Tuesday.
Lou, as Freeholder Director, demanded that the county officers take a salary lower than that mandated by law, rather than do the proper and legal course, which would be to fight Trenton and have the law changed. But then, Lou thinks he is above the law. That is why he allowed county taxpayers to finance his NACo campaign in previous years, and would have done the same this year if this website had not made hsi illegal billing tot he county public.
It is not apples and oranges. It is apples and apples. State law dictates certain salaries for certain positions. Lou has blatantly violated the law by dictating to his hand selected candidates that they take a salary that is a slap in the face for their positions. State law dictates the prosecutors’ salaries. State law dictates the officers’ salaries. Nobody, not even Lou Magazzu has the right to blatantly violate the law simply because they disagree with it.
Lou forced Lauren Van Embden to promise to work for less than the legal salary. What Lou is not telling the taxpayers is that Gloria Noto is also the county adjuster. Will Van Embden take that position as well? If not the taxpayers will have to pay another salary, and the supposed savings will be lost.
This is not new – Lou lied last year when the candidates promised to work for lower salaries and one of the assistants refused to take Lou’s promised salary.