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  •  I am friends with the Rennas (1+ / 0-)
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    Adam B

    & worked for them in their graphics &  publications business for about a year.  I have a high regard for them as family people.  When I worked for them, Joe Renna was taking a lot of business from local Democratic governments & organizations. The Union County Democratic organization is a machine. There is no other way to describe it. In terms of progressive public services, this is a pretty good county, so you live with it.  My dad was quite active in the Union County Republican organization when the Republicans still won county-wide elections & the Union County Courthouse was up for grabs in November.  He had to cooperate with some Republicans ( generally Tom Kean type moderates in those days) I considered pretty shady, & did so without compromising his own integrity. That was the game. You play it or gather up your marbles & leave.

    I doubt the Rennas & I agree on much anymore. They seem much more ideologically right wing  now than they were 12 years ago.  Yes, it is easy to suspect there's something "personal" about their motives.  If there were two Republicans on the freeholder board, or the local paper, the Star-Ledger, had a couple of good reporters assigned permanently to the County Courthouse, Tina probably wouldn't need to do what she does. When the prosecutor came for her, I immediately sided with her.  The same thing could happen in a county where the Republicans controlled everything.  & we do have Republican scandals here in Jersey.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:55:50 PM PDT

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