Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Today I am “write less”. Even if my present temporary mobility restrictions had not prevented me from attending Monday’s two important meetings; the action taken at the PMUA would have been enough of a shock of disbelief to be able to write only three words; “How could they?”
My Grandfather when he lived in NYC always voted for the Tammany (Democrat Boss) party. When asked; why his comment was “We know (?) how much these people steal, we have no idea what the others will do.”
There is also a political philosophy that the end justifies the means. It is not for what is the best for the public but what will get me the power.
This is true in Plainfield and in Northern/Central Jersey there is a fight over Union County as well as Essex and Hudson by a coalition attack on in the long entrenched patronage dispensers. No one wishes to investigate how our area bosses of the past 2 or 3 decades have financially benefited. Instead, they want the pie for themselves.
How else can we explain why the Mayor who was elected on a promise of correcting local “corruption” could appoint such tainted individuals as Eric Watson as Director of Public Works, or via his Commissioners to the PMUA Bryan G. Christiansen formerly executive director of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission until he was removed by Gov. Chris Christie.
H. L. Mencken has remarked that “A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar”.
I was never convinced that we were dealing with a “good politician”. When I voted for him I knew that he was what he is; but anybody had to be better than the Administration we had and the supporting Council members.
The truth is that Mapp has lost all credibility. We are now caught between a rock and a hard place; Jerry Green et al and the “New Democrats” in the upcoming primary elections.
The only choice is out with the old, in with the opposition and hoping a generation of committed civic servants can come to the fore and be elected respectfully of party affiliations.