More “Pay to Play” Crap
Again, another example of how our local government officials (i.e., judges, mayors, council members, etc.) in Hudson County have no interest in reasonable community methodologies.
To sum it up, the “pay to play” ordinance basically shuns upon companies with vested interests in our community to “contribute” (i.e., pad the pockets) of individuals running for office of “influence” (yes I love the quotes “Maria”).
The People for Open Government (POG) “filed the lawsuit in June 2005, claiming a slate headed up by Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, collected more than $1 million in campaign contributions from businesses that have no-bid professional contracts with the city. The lawsuit claims that these actions are in violation of the “Hoboken Public Contracting Reform Ordinance.”
Hudson County Assignment Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli decided the the POG didn’t have the right to sue, since they weren’t directly affected. (This is complete crap, IMO. They’re suing because they’re tired of the way our corrupt city government is easily manipulated).
Additionally, now Mayor Roberts is clamoring that he wants these “petitions” to require more signatures before they get placed on the ballot. No duh, sherlock. Of course you want to make it more difficult for “change” to take place in our city.