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OFF TOPIC: THE CONTEMPTIBLE COUNCIL OF CAMDEN CITY NEW JERSEY…….

These people are to be held with utter contempt. These leftists are acting typical to their species of humanity, they’re totally bent out of shape for being held to fiscal responsibility, they lash out in the only way that they know how, massive layoffs of police and fire personnel, the very people needed to help maintain the safety of the city.

This is their game, “we’ll show you conservatives, you want cut-backs, we’ll give it to you in spades”. The Tundra Tabloids can safely assume that the city’s bureaucracy holds an almost equal number of bureaucrats, that, while doubling up may be a bitch, could be pruned from the ranks of the public sector to save costs. Saving costs is not what this city council is trying to do, it’s trying to blackmail the state of New Jersey into backtracking from its demand for fiscal responsibility of its cities.

That’s what is at play here, pure blackmail. Why is it that police and firefighters are the first to go, but not the people in the division of motor vehicles? That’s what the good people from New Jersey should be asking the mayor of Camden. KGS

Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – Camden City Council, as expected, voted Thursday to lay off almost 400 workers, half of them police officers and firefighters, to bridge a $26.5 million deficit. That’s about a quarter of the city’s entire work force.

Five members of City Council voted unanimously to approve the layoff plan — two other members were absent. The cuts take effect in mid-January.

Exactly how many city workers will be affected is still an open question, although nearly half the city’s police and a third of the firefighters are slated to go.

Karl Walco (right) is with the union that represents non-uniformed Camden city workers.
“If we agreed to everything that the city proposed in concessions, it would only have a minor impact on the number of layoffs,” Walco told the council members.

No argument from Council. They sat impassively as workers and residents alike voiced their frustration. When it was over, Council president Frank Moran suggested they’re not to blame.

“We didn’t put a price tag on public safety. Unfortunately, the governor of the State of New Jersey put that price tag on it,” he said at the packed Council meeting.

That price tag is $69 million, in transitional aid. Moran suggested that Camden residents should vent to Governor Chris Christie.

After the vote, council members and Camden Mayor Dana Redd avoided reporters by going into their offices.

3 Responses

  1. Quick solution- the voters should lay of (vote out) the city councillors.

    If the voters ever decided to do that, one will find that NJ councillors will become the most fiscally conservative people on earth.

    1. There you have it in a nut shell DP111, and for that to happen, they, the voters, have to be made to understand just exactly what is up here. Then proceed according to the plan you just laid out. KGS

  2. As a state of NJ resident and retired from a big city Fire Dept. I have witnessed most Fire Depts. shrinking over the last 30 yrs. According to the Professional representatives and the NFPA (a fire safety and rating agency) not one Fire Dept. in NJ and many in the USA meet the minimum standards for staffing, and equipment. This leads to more civilian injuries , deaths, property loss, more firefighter injuries and deaths and longer injury leaves due to smaller crew sizes. It’s all about funding ,ask any Police or Fire representative when they ask for proper roll calls do serve the public, not the pompous blowhards in the City Governments. The reply is “we Don’t have the money”. The question that must be asked is “where did all of the money that was given to the cities for Homeland Security and other like assets for first responders go”? IMHO it’s always been a game played by city governments to get more and more federal and state aid, so they can spend more local tax revenue on their pet projects to keep themselves in office.

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