I’ve been told that the Union County Prosecutor’s office is opening up their interviews into Generatorgate with a statement “There is nothing criminal here, we are only looking into this because Tina Renna put it on her blog.”
Well if there is nothing criminal, why would the Prosecutor be wasting resources investigating?
To cover it up I suspect. To package it neatly for the freeholders to excuse away. The cover up is worse than the crime. And I’m going to keep pressing the ball on this as it shows a rampant disregard for public property and an inherent abuse of the public trust. There is no law and order when the county prosecutor is a political hack charged with protecting the machine and its underlings.
Although it is against their official policies, Union County employees are allowed to “borrow” tools, I’ve been told. With no check out and check in system in place. There is no county database of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of generators, chainsaws and whatnot. Generatorgate is an opportunity to shine a light on the larger problem of rampant employee theft and mismanagement.
I believe I know most if not all of the names of employees who are alleged to have taken home generators, including the county police who are charged with investigating chain saws that were taken about a year ago. That investigation involving a freeholder’s son is being allowed to drag on. It isn’t just three employees involved in generatorgate, with permission from their boss, as the county would like us to believe.
I am hoping the F.B.I. will investigate the misuse of federal funds in regards to the generators. But, I am confident that the State Attorney General’s Office will have to weigh in on these local thefts because Union County isn’t the only one affected and I’m not the only one making noise about it.
It’s been reported that the Passaic County Prosecutor is aggressively going after the North Haledon Mayor and the police chief for taking home generators and the North Haledon council has recently hired a law firm to guide their inquiry into whether anything was illegal about it.
The Star-Ledger’s coverage on Union County generatorgate has been predictable, including a dressed up county press release with a canned quote from Freeholder Mirabella feigning outrage. I won’t waste your time by reposting it. This is the quote that’s important:
Governor Chris Christie in response to a schools Superintendent taking home a generator:
“It sounds to me as if somebody is going to be looking for a new job and should be,” Christie said. “You cannot do that kind of stuff, it’s not allowed. If the facts are what you say they are, Westwood is probably in the market for a new superintendent, would be my guess.”