Blast from the past!

August 12, 2015

It has been many years since I have posted. The raging currents of the river we call Life have carried me away from a region that was my home for 80% of my life. I am living in the Arizonan Sonoran Desert, in the East Valley. I still pay attention to Cumberland County politics, if only peripherally. And every once in a while a chance occurrence causes me to revisit this website.

A friend, it would be rude to call her an accomplice, contacted me recently. Like a phoenix arising from the ashes, it was much of a surprise to hear from her; I decided it would only be apropos to surprise those lurkers that are regularly visiting this site, in vain, hoping to dirty their feet in the potential mud, by adding water to the pile of compost.

Much has happened in a few years.  The Vineland-Bridgeton metropolitan area had the honor of being named the “most dangerous metro area in the Northeast Untied States” in 2014. Doug Long, chair of the Cumberland County Democratic organization, and R. Todd Edward, chair of the Bridgeton party are doing their utmost, I am sure, to preserve this heritage.  Both of these men have been profiled on thsi website.

Doug Long has the distinction of having an ethics complaints;  of quid-pro-quo, involving other democrats from other counties, involving attempting to force taxpayers into paying salaries for candidates in positions for which they may or may not have been absolutely qualified, involving what appears to be serious ignorance of the law; and of negligence in their own business, of the improper use of entrusted funds of clients tot he tune of almost $200,000.

It can only be conjectured that these ethical lapses are the reason that Long is not running again for a position on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders. long still has his tentacles firmly wrapped around the control of the county party, and we can be sure that the candidates for the upcoming election will offer no resistance to Long’s direction.

We can be sure that R. Todd Edward will do everything in his power to ensure that Bridgeton maintains its position of the 25th most dangerous city in the USA, and possibly bringing it up a few notches as the party works lock-step with the Camden County Norcross machine, as the county continues to accept even more filth from Gloucester and Camden counties as room is made at the Cumberland County jail to accept new clientele. With County democrat co-chairman Bob Balicki running the jail at an insane salary – much more than the unacceptable $75,000 a year the Freeholders are willing to pay their sheriff – Bob is happy to follow the Norcross agenda and help clean up Camden County at the expense of the quality of life in Cumberland County.

I do know that my old home turf at Sassafras Street in Millville is still a shooting gallery, with ever increasing and disturbing reports of constant gun violence courtesy of the many new residents that have been invited into town thanks to the prisons and Cumberland County jail policies, embraced by the local Democratic Party.

We bid farewell to Lou Magazzu years ago – and the local situation has not improved.  The Republicans blew their chance, a chance handed to them directly as a result of actions taken by this website, and rather than working for positive change opted instead to continue the environment of corruption and nepotism and political favoritism, quickly handing the reins back to democrat control. The Democrats lost no time in reinstating their failed policies, and it seems that I expatiated just in the nick of time.

And so I sit on my patio, enjoying the view of the mountains and a cold beer, reminiscing, regretting that I can no longer enjoy refreshments and conversations with the friends that I left behind, but not regretting my decision to relocate. Apache Junction is a town similar in area and population to Millville, NJ.  The towns share many demographics, including, unfortunately, high unemployment. However, the only gunshots I now hear are those of me at target practice in the desert.


Cumberland County is all abuzz…

November 15, 2013

A reader pointed out this current news story, which we felt was relevant as Jennifer Webb-McRae is a Lou Magazzu appointee. Plus, as he said, “It is f*****g hilarious”.  To understand how Jennifer got into her position – as Prosecutor – you have to understand the history,  Former prosecutor Ron Casella dared to insist on an increase in manpower in order to run his department properly – he wanted two new employees.  He was not asking for the world, and made due under poor working conditions forced on him by Lou’s regime. You can read the gory details in a previous post on the Watch.  Magazzu refused to grant the needed employees because it was an election year, forcing Ron to file a lawsuit.  An independent authority not only found that the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office was severely understaffed, but the offices were not conducive to effectively carrying out the duties that were constitutionally assigned. In effect, Lou Magazzu and company were violating the rights of the public to a working justice system in the county.

Lou ousted Ron, and appointed Democrat loyalist Jennifer Webb McRae. Now for the most part, I have been happy with her work as prosecutor.  She truly cares about her community, and is actively involved in can be seen walking the neighborhoods, making personal contact with the residents. She is utterly fearless. However, she is extremely partisan and political, and has made moves behind the scenes that can only be described as politically motivated. But, then again, that comes with the job. Ron Casella is evidence of what happens when you don’t do what the party demands. Doug Long is just as nasty and vile as Magazzu ever was, totally partisan, and willing to persecute those that go against the party, including using party resources to attack private citizens in senseless lawsuits for the sole purpose of hurting them financially.

So, as the story goes, Jennifer went shopping for adult toys with a co-worker. One co-worker gossiped to another, who reported to the Office Professional Standard’s Unit because she felt, rightfully so, that it was improper for the one employee to gossip about what was done on personal time. The employee that gossiped allegedly was demoted for her loose tongue.

Okay – my take.  What Jennifer wants to buy and use on her own time is her own business.  Of course, ne has to wonder why two vibrators?  But we will leave the imagination to the side, and deal with facts. Embarrassing?  Possibly, but no crime.  The employee that gossiped – out of line?  Sure, but we do not know the entire context.

So the issue at hand is did Jennifer retaliate in true Magazzu fashion against an employee, which would be totally illegal, for an incident that merely should have been addressed in a closed door session with whatever qualifies at the Human Resources department in the county?

 


Cumberland County tops another list

November 14, 2013

Cumberland County is also the fattest county in the state.

Cumberland County tops the list, with 33.4 percent of its residents considered obese in 2010. Salem County was close behind with 32.8 percent of its residents struggling with obesity.


Lou Magazzu slithers back into Cumberland County political scene

November 5, 2013

Lou Magazzu was seen at the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony. It seems he is slowly slithering back into the Cumberland County political scene. This website needs contributions to continue our vigilance – just sayin’


Doug Rainear, Lou’s Right Hand Man is a Liar

November 2, 2013

The Daily Journal printed letters way past the deadline for anyone to respond. One letter comes from Doug Rainear, a person that had his head so far up Lou Magazzu’s buttocks that there was no depth too far for him  to dive, not gutter to filthy to wallow in.  Doug Rainear, a few years ago, broke his promise to take less than the mandated salary; he claimed financial hardships as his reason for lying to the voters. The Daily Journal ran a surprisingly vicious editorial slamming Rainear for being just another pig at the trough.  It was only the onslaught of negative public opinion, and the outrage of people that had at one time supported Rainear because they wrongly thought that he had one decent bone in his body.  So now, he writes:

Surrogate: I saved taxpayers $160,000 with salary giveback

Because of some recent negative, malicious and just despicable political ads and commercials, I feel it is important to set the record straight.

Over the past few days, I have been the target of some of the most incredibly vicious attacks from my opponents that are, quite simply, lies.

the fact of the matter is I voluntarily took a $32,000 pay cut each year for the past five years, resulting in a savings of $160,000 to the taxpayers of Cumberland County.

In fact, I am the only constitutional officer in the state who took less than the statutory, mandated minimum salary — much to the displeasure of my colleagues throughout the state.

Send a loud and clear message to those who would stoop to such low levels to win an election at whatever the cost to others.

Thanks to each of you for your past support. I humbly ask for your continued support once again. I will not disappoint your confidence.

Douglas Rainear

Cumberland County Surrogate

The fact of the matter is, Doug, you are a sleaze.  If there was any way for you to have taken the full salary without the public knowing, you know full well that you would have. How much are you planning on taking this time, if you should win?  Are you promising to continue the same salary, with no increases?  Do you take the free healthcare that the taxpayers have to foot?  Have you yet worked one full week at your job?  I know for a fact that you rarely put in full work days, and if you have worked a full five day week, it would probably be because you had nobody waiting to meet you in Fortesque.

Another letter, by the “reverend” Al Kelly, contained verifiable falsehoods, which does not surprise me because Kelly is not a man of God, but a man for himself. You will be hard-pressed to find another  individual in Cumberland County living large under the pretense of helping the less fortunate.

Rainear kept his promise and saved taxpayers money

Doug Rainear kept his promise and voluntarily took a pay cut, thereby saving taxpayers $160,000 over five years.

Don’t be fooled by the lies of his opponents. The fact is Doug took a $32,000 a year pay cut over the last five years. What other elected official has ever done that? That answer is easy: none.

Doug record of achievements is long and distinguished. Don’t be fooled by partisan lies and distortions. The simple fact and truth is Doug did what no other elected official has ever done — saved taxpayers $160,000 by taking a voluntary pay cut. Regardless of your party affiliation, this is an easy choice: Re-elect Doug Rainear to continue as our Cumberland County surrogate. He has earned our support.

Albert Kelly

Mayor of Bridgeton

Al – you know damned well the incompetent Sheriff also took that pay reduction – which was quickly offset by his need to hire a second undersheriff due to his inability to perform his job functions properly. But then, we have never expected Al Kelly to speak the unadulterated truth, to do so would risk the 6-figure salaries of his friends and relatives at his so-called social agency, an agency that exists solely to line the pockets of cronies.

THIS is what Democrat leadership has brought to Bridgeton and Cumberland County – you STILL are in first place on all of the wrong lists.


Lou Magazzu rises again in Buena Vista Twp

September 23, 2013

Lou Magazzu has crawled out from under a dark rock somewhere, and is now wreaking havoc in Buena Vista Twp. I suppose destroying Cumberland County’s economy was not enough for him, and now he is broadening his horizons to Atlantic County. You have to understand, under his wise leadership, Cumberland County topped all of the wrong lists, such as poorest county, most children in poverty, highest teen pregnancy – well, you get the idea.

Currently, Lou is siding with developers in Buena Vista, working diligently to destroy the livelihoods of small business people in an act that will most certainly benefit some developer that he is in bed with. He is even on TV, although this time it is not about him texting naked pictures of himself.

Now, I am not about to take sides on the propriety of actions taken to date on the Buena Vista Twp project – after all, I lived in Arizona now, and am not vested in this whatsoever. However, whenever Louie Louie raises his ugly head, I have to comment. Rest assured that nothing that he has ever done has been for the public benefit, Lou has always had ulterior, self-benefiting, political motives.

This grandstanding might be the start of him edging back into the public spotlight in order to resurrect his political career, and that would be bad news for everybody involved.


Proof of how filthy Cumberlabd County Democrats are..

August 29, 2013

birdsall and pay to play in New JerseyI mean, we already knew this, but according to a story published on NJ.com a couple months ago, and never really picked up by the local Cumberland County media, who are intent on protecting their candidates at all costs, including covering up the truth, the Cumberland County D’s have been neck deep in pay to play. I regret that one politician, a friend of mine, lied to my face and proclaimed that he would have nothing to do with such antics.

According to the story, “Birdsall, bankrupt and a shadow of its former self, admitted in state court this month to dumping loads of illegal campaign donations into the coffers of elected officials, a practice one former employee said “regularly won contracts” for the company.”

What is interesting us that Birdsall execs were indicted in this highly illegal scheme, but none of the politicians that aided and abetted and profited and blatantly violated the public trust have been fingered. Such is business as usual in New Jersey; Birdsall became vulnerable through their bankruptcy and became the  sacrificial lamb. The AG will pat itself on the back for cleaning up New Jersey, and pay to play will continue as usual. Cumberland County will as always be at the forefront of this illegal money.