Disgraceful government intimidation will not be tolerated

By Tina Renna | February 22, 2012

The following letter was sent to my representatives in the State Legislature today.

I write to request your assistance in understanding why the Office of Criminal Investigation sent two agents to my home requesting information about the Union County Watchdog Association’s non-profit status. I suspect that dispatching the special agents to address an anonymous complaint regarding an entirely administrative question was a clear effort to intimidate me from continuing my activities as a leader of the UCWA.

Had the agents or their supervisors bothered to research the false allegation that the UCWA was not registered with the State of New Jersey and allowed to lawfully solicit charitable donations, they would have discovered that the UCWA was indeed properly registered. Had they sent a letter, an email, or made a phone call prior to making their trip to my home unannounced the matter could have been readily resolved.

Imagine my astonishment when two Special Agents from the Office of Criminal Investigation arrived at my doorstep on the morning of January 11, 2012 to investigate the UCWA. Can it be that the choice to send state agents to address such a minor matter is commonplace in a state struggling to balance its budget?

As your constituent I hope and expect that you will help me put an end to the intimidation of individuals who are trying to participate in their government and taking a stand against government waste, corruption and incompetence in New Jersey. And if I am incorrect in my assumption that this is not the normal way to deal with such a minor administrative matter, certainly there must be a more efficient way for the Office of Criminal Investigation to deploy resources.

Please feel free to contact me for any further information that you may require. I look forward to your anticipated prompt response to my concerns and questions.

Respectfully submitted,

Tina Renna
President
Union County Watchdog Association, Inc.

Our Mission
The Union County Watchdog Association, Inc. is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization working on behalf of residents and taxpayers to monitor Union County government and advocate for the elimination of waste, corruption and incompetence. We believe that good government can only be achieved through a system of checks and balance – a system that includes the watchful eye of the people.

21 Responses to “Disgraceful government intimidation will not be tolerated”

  1. Citizenswatch says:

    Tina this the first time you allowed me to post here and it seem your everyday posters are the only who ever make comments. I support the right of the people to choose there leadership right or wrong thats how it works in America. If there is corruption you must prove it? I am all for corrption busting. If no State elected offical who reside in UC wants to ask for investigation tell me why is this.

    You tooting your own horn to much. Tina here is a question I have asked Bruce and your supporters on UC Forum many times. Where are the indictments?

  2. NFS says:

    Don’t sweat it Tina. CW has no clue and is certainly not a republican. Anyone with a brain can understand you are NOT running away from being scrutinized. You are questioning the methods.

    Did they not pay a visit to the Union County Alliance?

    Fuck them. It’s tiresome. (my words, not your’s)

    Bring it on.

  3. Brian P Keane says:

    Citizenwatch sounds like a ex uc gadfly who lives 700 miles south.

  4. Citizenswatch says:

    NFS, What does being a Republican have to do with anything? How am I less of republican because I don’t back Tina and the watchdogs? I thought it was about fighting corruption not about party affiliation? That’s were the problem lies you guys claim to be neutral but everyone knows better.

    I back the following if you have proof of corruption why no State investigations? Where is kean and Munoz why arent they asking the State to step in and look at your accusations about UC?

  5. Citizenswatch says:

    Brian, Sorry I live here in Union County and no family members are employed for the County nor do I work for the County.

  6. D. Hill Rose says:

    Citizenwatch,

    Answer this: Swear that your comments are truly of your own thinking (and not because of a position you hold or someone who put you up to it). Just reading what you say makes me highly skeptical that you’re above board. And your not giving your name is the nail in the coffin. I can only totally dismiss what you have to say.

    Look, from the few YouTubes I’ve seen of Tina she certainly CAN be abrasive and prickly. It would probably enven do her good to tamp it down. But it’s that emotion that drives her.

    Bit so what if she can be abrasive? I honestly think her core want is shed light on how Union County government works. Thank god! From what I see there’s a lot of entrenched politics that is effectively stealing from citizens.

    The bias in what your write is too obvious. I mean your responding to Tina asking her to show “proof of corruption” for her questioning why two agents were sent to her home is circular BS reasoning and NOT parallel to Tina’s request for proof.