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  • McGreevy not as honorable as many think

       August 15, 2004

    Paul Jacob at Townhall asks, "Is retiring NJ Governor McGreevy telling us the whole truth?" Jacob notes that McGreevy's governorship has been plagued with allegations of corruption and fraud, and he gives multiple examples.

    Whether these allegations are true or not, I can't say, and I wouldn't want to leap to judgment. I found this passage much more interesting :

    McGreevey's rope-a-dope resignation allows Senate President Richard Codey, a fellow Democrat and a 30-year legislator, to lead the state without any democratic check or balance from the voters. Resigning immediately upon his announcement would have been the normal, decent thing to do. But it would also trigger a special election this November. A special election would see more voters than usual, and thus be harder for the Garden State's political powers to control.

    When McGreevy said, in his speech, that he would continue on as Governor until November 15th in order to ensure a "smooth transition," I thought that his enabling a transition period was the right thing to do, though it strike me that Nov 15 was an odd day to choose. I thought to myself, jokingly, "Hmmm, I wonder if his paychecks are issued on the 1st and the 15th, and if he's just trying to simplify things for payroll."

    Turns out that McGreevy isn't as concerned with a "transition period" as much as he is in simply trying to "hand over" power to whomever he choses, effectively silencing the will of the people of New Jersey. To use a democrat term, he isworking to "disenfranchise" millions of people of their right to vote, of their right to choose who governs them. Where is the media outcry? Where is the NAACP? Where is the ACLU on this one? My god, if a tractor-trailer were to drive too slowly in front a democrat "trying to get to the polls" on election day, these groups would be screaming from the hilltops that the Republicans were behind a sinister plot to deprive people of their right to vote.

    Whether the specific allegations of corruption are true or not, unfortunately, McGreevy is probably going to come out of this whole thing relatively unscathed.

    Posted by jkhat at August 15, 2004 01:23 PM

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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: 02hawk796 at August 15, 2004 02:46 PM

    Of course the allegations are true, why do you think he's resigning? Why do you think the NJ media is covering up the corruption and shifting the focus on the "gay" thing that they've been hiding since he was nominated?

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Dave at August 18, 2004 10:06 PM

    ok, it makes no sense why he would wait until election day. that would not make for a smooth transition. a supposed smooth transition would be to wait till january and let his successor take over at that point, or just give it up right now.

    but of course i'm now branded a 'gay basher' so what would i know??




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