The International Writers Magazine: REALITY CHECK - New Jersey
FROM THE CESSPOOL Part II
Jimmy Mac & The Ol End Around "Before all else, be
armed." - Niccolo Machiavelli
are far more messed up in the New Jersey political arena than even
I suspected. Two weeks into this full-scale Reality Check News &
Information Desk investigation and many on staff refuse to return
calls or make appointments. One gritty veteran of "research"
describes the entire Trenton power elite as "spooky".
No one at the governors office even bothers to mention his
name anymore. Its Jimmy Mac or Captain Lame Duck. The lock-down
of info is complete, and with only days from an alleged hand-off
of power in the governors office, no one is talking on or
off the record.
the thing," one staffer said in passing, "McGreevey isnt
really quitting." This seemed a perplexing turn of events, until
I began peeling the onion on some of the key names that dragged the
governor to the "bail out" altar in the first place.
McGreevey confidant, and leading N.J. Democratic fundraiser, Charles
Kushner, accused of allegedly hiring a prostitute to blackmail a witness
in his highly publicized federal tax and campaign finance fraud case
had, according to one very deep and morally bankrupt source, "disappeared
for two weeks on an Ecstasy binge." Word out of Trenton is the
drug abuse rumors were started by Bush stooge and once Republican National
Committee Finance Chairman, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. Under pressure
to release "certain incriminating documents" last week, Kushner
reluctantly granted an interview to the NJ Herald and proceeded to let
fly a heinous string of expletives that rendered the piece unfit for
publication. There was serious talk of actually printing it by citing
journalistic precedent from the San Francisco Chronicle. It was two
days after the massive earthquake of 1906, wherein the paper of record
quoted Mayor Eugene Schmitzs infamous Shoot To Kill proclamation
that ended with the published post, "The Federal Troops, the members
of the Regular Police Force and all Special Police Officers have been
authorized by me to KILL any and all persons found engaging in Looting
or in the Commission of Any Other Crime."
Cooler heads at the Herald prevailed on this occasion, and the Kushner
interview was scrapped. As for Schmitz and the Chronicle, opponents
accused the mayor of having brain bubbles resulting from a monstrous
bout of syphilis. The Chronicle sold more papers that day than any time
since, so harm, no foul. But rising circulation and journalistic ethics
aside, Schmitz never admitted to ordering the citizenry murdered without
something to gain, much less admitting to being gay, whether it was
to exit a sinking ship or to avoid lawsuits.
Which gets us back to Governor Jimmy Mac, who at press time still refused
to change his date of resignation and throw an Emergency Election over
to the Republicans, least of all a political pit bull by the name of
Bret Shundler, who more than once in his gubernatorial campaign two
years ago referred to the governor as "a conniving little shit
Fellow Democrat, Senator Jon Corzine, who according to his accountants
does officially have more money than God, has actively pursued the gig.
A spokesman for the senator told the Newark Star Ledger "a rail
is far to good a conveyance in which to run the governor out on."
But Ive been told more than once that Corzine is a loose canon
and has very little pull in Trenton. Most NJ Dems think hes a
closet Republican and would rather turn the mess over to NJ Senate President
Richard Codey and let him take the blame for whatever inevitable fallout
Since I have no connections, nor do I seek any, in NJ government, a
serious drawback when trying to get a "real" background check
on Codey, I hear mostly gibberish and fear. Once again, no one goes
on the record and those who do fail to identify a single merit to this
mans ascension to the states highest office save his relatively
clean criminal record. Many who know the ones who know describe Codey
as "confused, but not crooked, and thats a start." One
thing seems certain at press time; McGreevey will not fold his doomed
tenure until the 11/15 deadline.
The governor got another reprieve on 8/31 when alleged lover, and the
man for whom he is ostensibly "stepping down" to avoid blackmail
entanglements, Golan Cipel, dropped chargers of sexual harassment and
has been holed up in his hometown in Israel telling the Jerusalem Post
daily that he is not gay and the suit was "never about money".
Then someone from the Asbury Park Press e-mailed me a dubious picture
of Cipel dancing atop a bar in the gay district of Haifa waving fistfuls
of hundred dollar bills over his head. So, who knows? Still, most of
us at The Desk were distracted by a story coming over the wires on Labor
Day that a cockfighting arena was raided by police near my old stomping
grounds in Howell. The illegal ranch boasting steroid-jacked roosters
run by a 67-year-old Jersey City escaped mental patient named Raphael
Liranzo, who had been repeatedly fined for "animal cruelty"
for the past 22 years after his first arrest for cockfighting in 82
when he tried to get his "exhibition" on the sports book in
Liranzo went to prison and the governor still might. But as of press
time the Attorney Generals Office has hinted at the possibility
that the case against his drawing out the resignation to avoid a special
election is moot due to the fact that no vacancy exists in the governors
office. McGreevey, it turns out, never submitted a formal written letter
"This guy isnt going anywhere," my hearty researcher
reiterated when I pressed him further. "Legally he holds the right
to rescind his resignation when all the villains are put to rest."
McGreeveys Press Secretary Micah Rasmussen disagrees, finally
going on the record on 9/8 by stating simply, "The governor made
a thoughtful and careful decision and he is standing by it." There
was little reason to believe him, or anything else oozing from the governors
office. So we decided to lay low, place "thoughtful and careful"
cockfight bets, and wait for the arrests to become official.
© James Campion September 14th 2004
York Reptiles 09/05/04 James Campion: Republican National Convention
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James Campion wades in
A readers response to previous Campion articles 17.09 2004
JC, You wrote: "This idea perpetuated by the Left that the president
is some kind of Machiavellian evil genius is poorly researched." Oh
Bush is dumb all right, but Machiavellian--yes. With a little Christian
Fundamentalism thrown in. I suppose nobody gives a shit--the information
seems to have been roundly ignored by everyone, but Cheney, Rumsfeld,
Wolfowitz and Perle were calling for the invasion of Iraq when CLINTON
was president. Richard Clark corroborated this his testimony. So have
other ex-aids; the goal has been Iraq, an oil-rich country and a foothold
in the Middle East since Bush got into office. There is no conspiracy
theory here; Bush's key cabinet members signed a letter to Clinton urging
war on Iraq and they are members of the PNAC (Project for a New American
Century) which openly calls for American hegemony in the world.
And let's not forget the utterly Machiavellian sham in Florida in which
Jeb Bush and his Boyz made sure as few likely Democratic voters as possible
were not able to vote. And Jeb is at it again. He's changing the rules
for felons who are entitled to a hearing which will decide whether or
not they can have their vote restored. Bush's cabinet may be overrated,
but they have managed to get us into a war, haven't they? They have
managed to obliterate thousands of years of history through the wanton
destruction of libraries and museums which they encouraged, not merely
allowed--haven't they? They did manage to occupy a country and steal
its oil, didn't they? And Halliburton is going on with its practice
of overcharging US citizens by a factor of THREE for that oil, aren't
they? And Dick Overrated Cheney is taking his cut of all that money,
isn't he? And the US Army--the taxpayers, in other words‹gets to pay
for Halliburton's security (of course, some of those soldiers pay with
their lives), doesn't it?
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