Horse Sense: Maxwell Place – the mother load of pay to play
The Washington Times on Monday released a story highlighting the rich benefits of being a resident of Maxwell Place here in Hoboken. Among the perks of having some lovely neighbors, you can count among them the former Governor Jon Corzine and the current Senator Bob Menendez.
Times may be tough and your Condo Association may have some potential new neighbors coming and going but how much more appealing would it be to potential new buyers if you could show them a million dollar bank account courtesy of Uncle Sam? Hey, doesn’t every condo?
Mayor Zimmer who had voted against this monstrosity of pork laden self-interest, commented to MSV in an email statement yesterday, “Concerned resident Jim Doyle raised these issues at a City Council meeting some time ago. I was extremely concerned about it, as were a few other City Council members. Going forward, I will do everything in my power to make sure we do not repeat mistakes. Hoboken will seek grant opportunities only for the benefit of its citizens. We must do everything we can to safeguard our reputation to ensure that our City is seriously considered for future grant opportunities.”
Now People complain and rightly so Hoboken has one elected official holding a subsidized apartment when qualified civil servants such as our police and fire could use them. But this Maxwell Place feeding at the trough of the taxpayer makes Councilman Russo look like a real piker. Some say Mr. Russo controls not only a taxpayer subsidized rental unit at Church Towers but he may have added another unit to it via marriage. That rumor is unconfirmed but it suggests the typical acceptance by the public it could in fact be the case.
The Washington Times piece also quoted a Steve Ellis, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, “That same $8 million could have been used on other worthwhile projects.”
Yes, but how would that benefit Maxwell Place owner Sen. Bob Menendez?
Now who wants to show some guts and try to reclaim the taxpayer dime? Maxwell Place is situated in the 2nd ward of Councilwoman Beth Mason. But anyone among our elected officials is welcome to come up to the plate and smack some balls off the wall. Then again the Councilwoman did a little logrolling with the Senator when she held a fundraiser for him at her home and then also attended another dinner with President Obama, reportedly via the Senator’s gracious assistance.
If not, there’s our friends the boys of summer in Newark from the FBI. But who would let them take on such a monstrous investigation of pay-to-play? Attorney General Eric Holder couldn’t even stomach taking on the New Black Panthers brandishing clubs in front of a polling station.
In comparison, this $8 million taxpayer swindle looks elegant. Can your condo association find a way to use a million bucks or so?
Correction: A local Hoboken resident says Senator Menendez resides on Clinton St. not in Maxwell Place. MSV apologizes if this is in fact in error and notes the Washington Times linked the Senator to six figure campaign contributions from the respective developers on the project. So the pay to play is most definitely still in play.
Photo: Maxwell Place, courtesy of the Hoboken Journal