Looking the other way

There has been some interesting news about the New Jersey Association of Counties and their abuse of taxpayer money. The News of Cumberland County today ran an editorial (it is not available online) concerning executive director Celeste Carpiano’s insane salary of $205,000 a year, plus perks including a brand new Lexus, and a state pension despite the fact that she is a registered lobbyist.

Freeholder boards across the state have been withholding dues because of the blatant nature of this highway robbery of the taxpayers.

What does this have to do with Lou Magazzu? First – I don’t see Cumberland County among the list of dissenting counties.  Apparently Lou is comfortable with this waste of tax money. Why would that be, do you think? Could it be that Lou once held positions in the NJAC, and is prone to look the other way because he allowed these infractions to happen under his watch?

According to the county website, Lou brags about being “President of the New Jersey Association of Counties in 2007. Former member of the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation Board.” Is Lou applying the same scrutiny that accorded the NJAC to Cumberland County? I for one believe he is… this site attests to that fact!

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16 Responses to Looking the other way

  1. Calhoun says:

    To get more on the unbelievable excesses at the New Jersey Association of Counties read the 24 November 2009 article by Elise Young (www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/taxpayers_help_fund_new_jersey.html). I love her justification for the Lexus: “I’m on the turnpike with trucks and such,” she said. I’m not looking at it as a luxury car. It’s a safety issue. If I drive from Salem or Cumberland County and it’s snowing and icy, I could stay down there but I don’t do that. I don’t want that cost to my organization.” Now why would Ms. Carpiano be driving down to our neck of the woods? Probably to meet with Mr. Magazzu, who is a big fan of this person, who collects a tax-payer subsidized $205,000/year job and drives a Lexus for safety reasons. Here is what Lou had to say about her when she was elected president of the National Council of County Association Executives: “Celeste is a special person and a born leader. She has the rare combination of intelligence, insight and commitment that makes people take notice and listen to her concerns. The NCCAE and counties nationwide will benefit greatly from having Celeste as their president.” (http://www.co.warren.nj.us/wn/10-24-2006%5B2%5D.html) On this one I agree with Magazzu — we are indeed taking notice of Ms Carpiano. However, it has less to do with her talent and more to do with her incredible arrogance that she could even suggest she needs a Lexus for safety reasons. People are out of work at record numbers, yet Lou’s ally needs a Lexus for safety reasons and a 205K salary to boot! To convey my feelings right now I flashback to Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.
    Maitre d’hôtel: Ah, good afternoon sir and how are we today?
    Mr. Creosote: Better. Better get a bucket. I’m going to throw up.

  2. JamesRSauro says:

    Not only was Lou president 2007-2008 but that means he was 1st Vice Pres. the year before, 2nd vice pres. before that and sec. treasure the year before that. He was there the whole time the $72,000 increase happened. I guess it was just a coincident. It seems what ever he is involved in, it spends money. I guess the officers of NJAC didn’t know the constant pay raises she was getting.

  3. Curious says:

    According to my math skills 21 counies paid $10,000.00 each for dues. Carpiano gets $205,000.00 plus benefits. That means ALL taxpayer dues go to Carpiano just to HELP cover her salary. Explains why she was at the NACO convention on the NJAC dime to lobby for Magazzu for NACO president.
    Can you get me a $72,000.00 pay raise and a $100,000 a year pension?
    Brother, can you spare a dime?

  4. whatup says:

    Sure depending upon who you are. How about being a Workmen’s Comp. Judge after failing to pass State Bar scrutiny in an attempt to become a real Superior Court Judge? Gets you a $100,000.00 pension plus another $120,000.00 to $150,000.00 for your little earned salary. Check with Art Marchand. You may even get support from both political parties?

  5. whatup says:

    What more deletions just for answering a question? How sad our dleter in charge can be at times.

    [editor’s response to the idiot: Hey bozo – there is a difference between your posts being held for moderation and approval, and being deleted. I apologize for not being on the computer every second waiting for your inane responses – that by the way have NOTHING to do with the topic, but once again you violate anf flaunt the rules of this board. next time you post, why not call me and tell me so I can immediately drip everything I am doing, jump on the computer and approve it. better yet, begin abiding by the rules and I can relax the automatic filtering so that everything gets posted immediately.]

  6. whatup says:

    sorry, deleter

  7. Calhoun says:

    No one here is defending Marchand’s plum. I myself have criticized it. However, don’t use the Marchand issue to deflect criticism on the outrageous excesses at NJAC — excesses that occurred while Magazzu was a high ranking offcer there. Excesses that occurred by one high-ranking NJAC official, whom Lou has praised highly. Furthermore, like it or not, the Marchand debacle would not have happened if the Dems in the NJ Senate didn’t want it to. His appointment could have been blocked, but it wasn’t. Instead of blocking Marchand — and there were good reasons to do so — Van Drew blocked a politically inactive scientist (see earlier posts here) from sitting on a state commission. Van Drew felt Niles was too much of an “insider”! (No fooling, he really said that!) Yet, he and the other senators allowed Marchand — the epitome of an insider — to be approved. But I digress, the bottom line is if you think Marchand’s plum is a disgrace, then you must also say the same about the excesses at NJAC — excesses that are even less transparent, since NJAC is not overseen by the state legislature, but does receive taxpayer money (funneled to it primarily by the counties).

  8. WuLi says:

    Calhoun, haven’t you figured out yet that whatup (meagain, tryagain, and any one of a dozen other names) has one agenda, and that is to pick at the one thing he can pick on in order to deflect and derail the topic away from Lou Magazzu’s MANY infractions.

    We post any story about lou, and whatup immediately cries “Marchand” like a broken record, even though his post has NOTHING at all to do with NJAC.

    And do you notice that he immediately cried when his post, like your posts, and many other posts are held for approval. He, like his hero Lou (he probably IS Lou) thinks that everything including this site should revolve around him.

  9. Calhoun says:

    Sorry, Carl. I am slow. Slower than molasses/cat shit (take your pick) going uphill in January. whatup should know better than to take advantage of dumbshits like me.

  10. whatup says:

    Poor Calhoun, sorry about your condition but wasn’t trying to take advantage of you at all. was sinply answering a question posed by Curious. My apologies to you. Aren’t we just lucky to have our comments reviewed and approved? Kind of like winning the lottery. Good to know that we are being scrutinized for our own well being, I guess. Read somewhere about freedom of speech but that it doesn’t apply everywhere. Guess this site would be one of those places? Thank goodness for our moderator!

  11. WuLi says:

    Freedom of Speech – neither you nor Lou Magazzu understand Freedom of Speech. Free Speech, as envisioned by the founders of this country means that a private person is allowed to speak openly and critically about the political leaders without fear of retribution.

    Having private investigators follow you around because you disagree with the freeholder director is intimidation, and the opposite of free speech, so shove your hypocritical hyperbole up the proverbial hole where the sun don’t shine.

    This forum is a PRIVATE forum, and I understand that you have a great deal of difficulty understanding the nuances of private ownership, Lou believes everything should be under his control, but this forum is NOT an open forum for any idiot to post any drivel, It has a narrow focus.

    If you don’t like Carl Johnson, then create your own CarlJohnsonWatch website. If you don’t like Marchand, then create a Marchand website – I could care less. However, every single person that visits this site and posts AGREES to abide by our trivial rules.

    Our Rules: No spamming the forum (that means no posting the same thing over and over and over even when it has nothing to do with the topic); STAY ON TOPIC – Lou’s tactic is to obfuscate the discussion by diverting attention with spurious posts; do not type with ALL CAPS – that is a personal pet peeve of mine, and I enforce that one because I can! 🙂

    If you want a free speech forum, start your own. I am sure it will be so scintillating that it will have 1,000 hits per day as this one has.

  12. Calhoun says:

    Yes, whatup, people have freedom of speech, but it does not apply to media. Many have written letters to the local newspapers critical of certain politicians. Many of these letters have not been published. Why? Because the newspapers have a right to print what they want. Same goes for the moderator of this website. I have no problem with my posts being held up for approval. I can’t recall any case where they have not been posted even when my language has been a bit blue. Your freedom of speech is still intact whatup. Just don’t expect others to compromise their freedom to moderate websites as they see fit. You’re still free to be a town crier. Go buy yourself a bell. “Hear ye, hear ye, Art Marchand has a big salary and a big pension!”

  13. whatup says:

    Problem is that in the past the rules and/or the protocol have not been applied evenly. Obviously that is up to the discretion of the moderator or moderators also. No problem. The site is what the site is! Still sorry about your “condition”.

  14. WuLi says:

    Actually, Louser,the rules are applied very evenly. Your problem is that you think you are special… I am inclined to agree.

  15. Calhoun says:

    I appreciate your concern whatup. I also appreciate the time Carl spends on this site. Fact is, regardless of what you think of Carl or other contributors, this site has changed news coverage in our County. The site covers things that never end up in the local papers or that appear much later in the papers. I am also of the opinion that some things that have appeared in the local media did so because they were first covered here. The fact that this is done by only one or two unpaid people, as opposed to a whole paid newsroom staff, is remarkable.

  16. whatup says:

    Whatever Wuli, we both know that the rules have NOT (sorry, my sincere apology for the caps) ALWAYS been applied evenly. Bored with this discussion. No problem with your comments Calhoun. Glad to see you are better.

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