RD Owens has an amusing, if incorrect – theory on the current CCIA fiasco.
With the ouster of Steve Wymbs from the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, we are now hearing the “true” story of the CCIA. It will be spun in Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu’s favor.
Bob is very conservative, he comes by this trait honestly, and this philosophy tends to color his arguments. I won’t argue political philosophy here, or touch on his statements such as:
But this is Magazzu’s government. A dump should not be a multi-million dollar grant-issuing machine. It should be a location that collects trash. When government gets involved and has a dump floating debt to fund political favors, that is when a dump leaves its mission.
In New Jersey, the way to get around the public having any say in public debt is to authorize authorities and agencies to have bond writing abilities.
Owens is overly simplistic in his description and analysis – he sees black and white, with no shades of gray, let alone any room for color. We could discuss the benefits versus the drawbacks to using the surplus of the CCIA – a surplus gained from charging the lowest tipping fees in the region thus saving our own residents money as well as the profit from taking trash from other counties and bringing their money into our county – to benefit worthy projects, including giving money back to the county to offset our tax rate. But that is best left to political pundits arguing tenets rather than pure facts.
Bob’s mistake is in believing that once a person is associated with Magazzu, that Magazzu is loyal to them. Magazzu will use people for his own purpose and then stab them in the back, or discard them after his purpose has been served. To Magazzu, people are worth only the services they can provide to him. Once their usefulness has been exceeded, they will be cast aside. Just ask Robert O’Donnell.
The connection drawn by Owens between Magazzu and the Levoy is off base. It is an easy error if you are an outsider looking in, but utterly incorrect. In fact, Magazzu would like nothing better than for the Levoy to fail. Barring that, he will work to ensure that his own Vineland Landis Theater opens first. Remember – Lou’s NACo slush fund was the recipient of a donation from the non-profit Landis Theater. If you have nothing to give to Lou, it is apparent that he has nothing to give you in return.