Thompson: Millions Wasted in Newark Abuses Could Have Been Used to Fund Public Safety, Prevent Spike in Violent Crimes
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that the spike in violent crimes in Newark precipitated by budget problems and police layoffs demonstrates the tangible harm caused by fraud and the abuse of government authority by public officials in the city:
“At the same time that the State Comptroller identified millions of dollars being wasted at the Watershed Corporation under ex-Mayor, now U.S. Senator Cory Booker, hundreds of Newark police officers were laid off due to budget cuts leading to a surge of violent crimes, including a 41 percent increase in murders in the city from 2009 to 2013.
“It is crystal clear that the reported waste, abuse or fraud associated with the Newark Watershed has directly impacted the safety and well being of residents.
In the following video, Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) breaks down the need for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into serious abuses of government power in Newark that were uncovered by the State Comptroller.
Thompson and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) have launched a petition at http://senatenj.com/newark to support their bipartisan call for the Select Committee perform this inquiry.
The following op-ed by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) on the need to hold activist judges accountable was published in the Star-Ledger:
Members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the judiciary have expressed concern over what they see as a threat to judicial independence posed by Gov. Chris Christie and others who criticize “activist” jurists, and the governor’s break with tradition when he declined to nominate two sitting Supreme Court justices for lifetime tenure.
Ralph Lamparello, president of the bar association, was quoted in the April 6 Star-Ledger: “There is a concerted effort among the executive and legislative branches of government to politicize the judicial branch and to subordinate its co-equal status.”
To the contrary — it is the activist judges who long ago eliminated the co-equal status of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Activist judges have decreed the judiciary is superior to the executive and legislative branches, and they have done so time after time by issuing rulings based not upon what the constitution or statutes clearly state, but rather upon what they believe they should have said.
Video: Thompson Discusses Abuse of Taxpayer Funds in Newark & Need for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) discussed the waste and abuse of state taxpayer dollars in the Newark watershed on Comcast Newsmakers with host Laura Jones.
Thompson explained why it is important for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into abuses uncovered by the State Comptroller.
With the support of legislative Republicans and Democrats, Senators Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) and Ron Rice (D-Essex) launched an online petition for the people to prompt a “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, including those uncovered by the state Comptroller.
“We reject the notion that one legislator, or a handful of lawmakers, should determine how to use the taxpayer-funded ‘Select Committee’ over the next two years,” Thompson said. “The New Jersey legislature and all of its committees and powers are beholden to the people of this state. Taxpayers all across New Jersey — who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the City of Newark — can now use this petition as an avenue to urge an investigation into abuses and cover-ups in the state’s largest city. Many Senate and Assembly Republicans support this initiative.”
Here is the petition url: http://www.senatenj.com/newark/.
Thompson, Rice Announce Bipartisan Initiative for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation into Abuses by City of Newark, Booker
New Jersey Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference this morning to announce a bipartisan initiative for the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into government abuses of power and cover-ups in The City of Newark, under its former mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker.
“Senator Rice and I are urging this committee to start this investigation on behalf of taxpayers all across New Jersey who give $100 million a year in state tax dollars as well as federal funds to the state’s largest city,” Thompson said. “The City of Newark has a storied history of government issues and state Comptroller reports from December and this month raise deeply troubling concerns for all New Jerseyans who are now represented in the U.S. Senate by the city’s former mayor. Such abuses have no place in any government and beg many questions as to what other abuses of power and tax dollars or cover-ups were done under Newark’s former mayor Booker and council.”
Thompson Urges ‘Select Committee’ Inquiry on Newark’s Abuse of Tax Dollars, in Light of Latest Comptroller Findings
Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) urged the chairman and chairwoman of the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” to open a full inquiry into the City of Newark’s abuse of tax dollars, in light of state Comptroller investigative report released today.
“This Committee is empowered to investigate any matter ‘raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power’ over the next two years,” said Thompson. “Democrats vowed that this would remain a bipartisan committee. Just as other legislative committees address many different matters during a legislative session, this committee can investigate how New Jersey’s largest city has been wasting billions of dollars from taxpayers all across this state — and potentially covering up such action.”
Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce Construction Funding for Schools in the 12th Legislative District
More than $9 Million in State Money for Regular Operating Districts
Sen. Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, announced more than $9 million in state funding for school construction projects in seven school districts in the 12th Legislative District.
“We are confident districts will well-utilize this funding to provide safer, more efficient schools, and the result will be students who are better prepared for future success,” said Thompson. “The grants allow our districts to provide a first-rate education to all students.”
The funding of will support $22,120,278 in construction projects.
Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, all R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex, have been named “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance (NJTA). All three legislators received perfect scores from NJTA which compiled legislators’ votes on seven bills that affect taxpayers and New Jersey’s economy.
The scorecard consisted of votes of support for reforms of business taxes and incentives to create jobs, fighting fraud in the Unemployment Insurance fund and bills to reduce bureaucratic red tape.
“The best interests of our taxpayers must always be our top priority,” said Thompson. “We have worked with the governor to provide property tax relief and to implement pro-business policies in an effort to make New Jersey more affordable. As a result, New Jersey’s economy is on the rebound and people are optimistic about the future.”
Thompson: Old Bridge School Among Recipients of $1 Million in Grants to Improve Achievement for Students with Disabilities
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge will be a recipient of a portion of $1 million in grants announced by Governor Christie to improve student achievement for students with disabilities in low performing schools.
Through the newly announced grant program, the Jonas Salk Middle School will receive $78,750 to help improve literacy and math skills for students with disabilities.
“Every student in New Jersey, including those with disabilities, deserves the opportunity to receive a good education that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed as adults,” said Thompson. “The grant announced for Jonas Salk Middle School will ensure that the school has the extra resources needed to help students with special needs to obtain those critical skills.”