In a letter to the editor, East Coast Private Investigations President Joe Blaettler takes Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack (D-33) and Gov. Chris Christie (R) to task over two controversial bills making their way through the Legislature.
Behind the scenes negotiations and backroom deals have placed a recently introduced bill (S2851/A4430) on track to become law.
Once passed, the bill will allow Governor Christie to bypass current ethics laws and write a book, earning him millions of dollars.
A synopsis of the bill: Provides for increase in salary of; permits receipt certain public employees of compensation for published works by certain Executive Branch public officers. Notice the word certain—yes, not all, only certain people.
To break it down into simple terms, this a conspiracy to commit legalized ‘pay to play’ and all state elected officials are complicit in this act. They should all feel the wrath of their constituents come the next election. Christie gets a book deal worth millions and in exchange, certain public employee get pay raises. What do we the public get? A higher tax bill. Estimates have shown the bill starts with a 7 million dollar tax increase for 2017 and will only go higher in future years.
Brain Stack, the double-dipping state senator and mayor who lives in a rent controlled apartment with his significant other (who makes a six-figure public salary) stated at a hearing:
“When it comes to the governor writing a book, why not?” state Sen. Brian Stack (D-Hudson) said at Thursday’s hearing.
Why not, Brian? Because the current law states it is illegal. There is absolutely no reason to change it. If Christie wants to write a book he can wait one year. Once he’s out of office he can write all the books he wants without costing the taxpayers a dime.
Maybe he can write a book about operation “bid rig” when he, as the US Attorney General, proudly proclaimed how 44 people including politicians were arrested, but to this day has never stated why certain parties who were implicated in the scandal were never arrested and indicted?
For the last 7 years, we the people have been played by the likes of Brian Stack and Chris Christie. Democrats like Stack and Republicans like Christie only care about money and power and have no regard for the public which they serve.
Stack proclaims himself to be the mayor and senator of the people. Yet, when Christie vetoed a minimum wage bill calling for $15.00 an hour for working people, where was Brian?
When Christie cut programs helping the poor, elderly, and other less fortunate in our state where was Brian Stack and the rest of the senate and assembly?
They were in back rooms cutting deals for themselves. Chris Christie, Brian Stack and numerous members of the assembly and senate have once again sold out the public for personal political gain.
Under the Christie administration there are no longer checks and balances and there are no longer republicans and democrats.
It has become a system of the ‘we’s’. The we’s are those with all the power. Regardless of party or position they work together to benefit themselves while the public pays the bill.
Brian Stack has stated numerous times that Christie is the best governor ever. Considering Christie has an 18% approval rating, the only assumption one can draw is that Christie has been a great governor for the likes of Brian Stack, but not so great for us the people.