NJ GOP's Ethics Failure

We all learned about Doug Forrester's ethics problems throughout the summer--from pocketing senior prescription drug rebates, to winning no-bid pay to play contracts for his prescription firm Benecard. It turned out that Doug Forrester was the beast he was criticizing.
This morning the Gloucester County Times reported that 4th District GOP Assembly candidate Clayton Police Chief Frank Winters used funds from the Police Department to enrich his personal business--and then failed to disclose them on NJ State ELEC forms...that's right, the GOP Police Chief.
CLAYTON -- The borough has asked the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to look into almost $2,000 in pens, teddy bears and other supplies that Police Chief Frank Winters purchased with public money for his department from a business run out of his home in Newfield.

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The company, Holiday House Distributors, was not listed on 2005 financial disclosure forms that Winters submitted as an official with the borough or as a candidate with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). During a telephone interview on Friday, Winters -- who has served as chief since 1984 -- said the business was run by his wife, Bernice, and has ceased operations.

Right, and Tom DeLay wasn't involved in TRMPAC's day to day operations either...

Holiday House's 2005 state business registration certificate lists Winters as its taxpayer and his home as the business address. The 2004 certificate lists only "Holiday House Distributors" as the taxpayer name, but does cite Winters' home as the address.

Winters said he was upfront about his ties to the business with borough council members who, whether they knew of his involvement or not, approved the purchases in each month's bill list.

Well, the GOP is the party that's going to clean up corruption?  And do what, dress up as Santa Clause, and give out goodies to kids?

Winters described the purchases as mainly "handouts for kids at school." They were at or below their actual cost and cheaper than if the department had purchased them from another vendor, he said.
We've seen ethics violations from the GOP that stretches from Washington D.C., to Trenton, NJ.

The GOP is now oficially the party of corruption. And it's about time we clean it up.

Bill Allison, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public
Integrity, said the situation "definitely does not pass the smell test" when it comes to ethical conduct. "It's funny how these oversights are always things that are embarrassing," Allison said.

Christie Todd Whitman and the Republicans tried to destroy New Jersey's economy, cut fundamental social programs, and weaken ethics and environmental standards.

Now, the Republicans are again talking about cleaning up NJ while they continue to illustrate that they're the problem--and not the solution.

The GOP is the party of Tom DeLay...Grover Norquist...Jack Abramoff...Karl Rove...Bill Frist and George W. Bush.

New Jersey can't afford that.

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Two words
Motor Vehicles

'nuff said.  Tehy privatized it in a no-bid to a politically connected California firm and made the whole thing a costly, ineffective joke.

by David Kowalski 2005-10-09 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Two words
Who's Tehy?
by lonemorriscodem 2005-10-09 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Two words
Sorry.  It's a typo.  They not "Tehy" is the Christie Todd Whittman cabal.  I could go on and on about Motor Vehicles for hours they were so bad under the privatized GOP version.  What benefit anybody in Jersey ever got from Parsons Technology is beyond me but more than Whitmann the GOP big wigs in the state legislature were drooling to please them.  Every little thing was a "do loop" where the poor citizen would spend much of a day waiting in lines to find out what other piece of paper was required.  Lots of people would spend days, and I mean three or four, just to get cars registered, get driver's licenses, etc.

Forrester may talk about "property taxes" but they have been pretty stable in this town.  Corzine should campaign hot and heavy on this.  I NECER heard locals moan about property taxes like they did about the DMV.  P>S>  McGreevey, in my book, is a saint, regardless of his personal sexual orientation , for ending this charade and going back to the old state-run, state-staffed system.

Sorry for all the words, but like I said, I could go on for hours about this.

by David Kowalski 2005-10-09 06:32PM | 0 recs

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