Disorderly Conduct: Conversation About Gates Arrest Precedes Arrest


Give me a break. How is someone supposed to enforce the law if they don’t know the law. Juris doctorate degrees aren’t necessary and this has nothing to do with being an “expert” in the law.

The bottom line is there are a broad array of disorderly conduct charges that are used to violate constitutional rights, including the 1st (freedom of speech, right to assemble peacefully), 4th (Protection from unreasonable search and seizure) and 5th (be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law) amendments among other constitutional rights.

The issue here isn’t legal complexities.

The issue is certain police officers on power trips violating people’s constitutional rights. There needs be be a line drawn in the sand saying an officer can by all means charge someone who is guilty of a criminal offense but not offending the officer’s ego.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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We need to send a message to Trenton

 Daggett: Its time to tell Trenton we've had enough with the corruption.

Daggett: Its time to tell Trenton we've had enough with the corruption.

BY CHRIS DAGGETT

COMMENTARY

Even given New Jersey’s own shameful political culture, the arrest of 44 individuals on corruption charges last week is not only saddening, but it’s a national embarrassment that should make everyone in New Jersey angry. Our elected officials make the corrupt politicians in Illinois look like Eagle Scouts. Once again, they have made New Jersey a punch line, and it starts right at the top and it involves both Republicans and Democrats.

When are we, the voters of New Jersey, going to say we’ve had enough? When we are going to wake up and realize-short of putting our elected officials in red or blue prison jumpsuits-that today it makes no difference whether we put Republicans or Democrats in office? The cancer of corruption, both outside the law and under the cover of law is so deeply embedded in our government that-unless we are we going to put the FBI on a monthly retainer to watch every meeting of our politicians-only a truly big change is going to make any difference.

We, the people of New Jersey, need to take our government back. We need to send a message to Trenton by throwing out Jon Corzine and his inept administration and turning our backs on Chris Christie and the Republicans who simply represent more of the same. Because as we’ve seen time and time again, “different” doesn’t mean “better,” and throwing everybody in jail isn’t going to solve the problem.

Indeed, it is the corruption allowed under the cover of law that is a big factor in making New Jersey unaffordable to its tax-burdened residents and businesses. Dual office-holding, double-dipping on pension benefits and cutting sweetheart deals with union friends all contribute to ever rising government spending. It has to stop.

I have studiously avoided making any campaign promises to date, but I promise you two things:

First, if you elect an independent Governor, for the first time in New Jersey history, you will get your money’s worth from state government. A Daggett administration will only appoint the best person for each government job, whether that person is from the public or private sector, and regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof.

Only an independent Governor can do this. Only an independent Governor, with the backing of the most powerful constituency in the state-you, the voters of New Jersey-can do this devoid of partisan politics. As an independent, I do not have party favors to pay back. I do not have special interests to kowtow to. I do not have to hire some politician’s lamebrain cousin and put him in a featherbed government job because he is a partisan party hack who can’t make a living in the private sector.

That’s what got us into this mess, and we shouldn’t stand for it anymore.

Second, in the early months of my administration, I will visit every department of New Jersey state government. My message will be very simple: The old rules are gone. If you aren’t productive in your job, you will be deemed unnecessary. If you know how to do your job better, or to make your department function more efficiently, or if you have ideas on how we can serve the people of New Jersey more effectively, now is the time to bring those ideas forward. If party politics were in the way before, they’re not now. If what was holding you back before was making your political-appointee-boss-who-doesn’t understand-how-the-department-works looks bad, it isn’t any longer.

I don’t make these promises lightly. I know we are competing against 100 years of party politics and the entrenched powers in the Democratic and Republican parties. But if we haven’t had enough by now-if we are not going to do this, starting now-when will it ever happen?

We not only can win in this cancerous environment, we will win-with your help. My independent campaign is the first independent campaign to qualify for matching funds and for all of the major debates.

The only way to get real change in New Jersey this year is to elect an independent Governor.

If you’ve had enough, if what’s happened in New Jersey makes you as sick and angry as it has made me, please join our campaign and send a message to the Republicans and Democrats in Trenton. They have abused our trust for the last time. It is past time to take our government back from them.

Chris Daggett, independent candidate for NJ Governor

NYTimes Accuses Christie and Company of Infringment and Slander

The New York Times has issued a “Cease and Desist” order againt the Republic Governors Association and the Chris Christie Campaign  for using the copyrighted material of the New York Times in attempt to gain credibility for the foundless accusations the site makes against John Corzine.

CorzineTimes.com goes to new lows in negative campaign strategies by using headlines that are outright lies in order to convince visitors who are to busy to read the details that Corzine is making statements such as “Corzine to middle class: Drop Dead” and “Corzine to citizens: Stop whining about taxes”.

As the Copyrights and Campaigns blog reports:

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Chris Daggett on the need to fight corruption in NJ

Below is a copy of a speech given by Chris Daggett during the announcement for Lt. Governor.

chris_727_speech1Those of you who know me know my style is not to be rash or impulsive. So in order to make a thoughtful and measured response, I wanted to give myself time to reflect on the raids and corruption charges of last week.

Like everyone else in New Jersey, the more I thought about those events, the more they made me sick to my stomach. Despite what the late-night comics believe, this is not funny. It’s a national embarrassment. Our elected officials make the corrupt politicians in Illinois look like Eagle Scouts. Once again, they have made New jersey a punch line, and it starts right at the top and it involves both Republicans and Democrats.

When are we, the voters of New Jersey, going to say we’ve had enough? When are we going to wake up and realize – short of putting our elected officials in red or blue prison jumpsuits – that today it makes no difference whether we put Republicans or Democrats in office? The cancer of corruption, both outside the law and under the cover of law, is so deeply embedded in our government that – unless we are going to put the FBI on a monthly retainer and watch every meeting of our politicians – only a truly big change is going to make any difference.

We, the people of New Jersey, need to take our government back. We need to send a message to Trenton by throwing out Jon Corzine and his inept administration and turning our backs on Chris Christie and the Republicans who simply represent more of the same. Because as we’ve seen time and time again, “Different” doesn’t mean “Better”, and throwing everybody in jail isn’t going to solve the problem.

I have studiously avoided making any campaign promises to date, but I am here today to promise you two things:

– If you elect an independent governor, for the first time in New Jersey history, you will get your money’s worth from state government. A Daggett administration will only appoint the best person for each government job, whether that person is from the public or private sector, and regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof.

And only an Independent governor can do this. Only an Independent governor, with the backing of the most powerful constituency in the state- you, the voters of New Jersey – can do this devoid of partisan politics. As an Independent, I do not have party favors to pay back. I do not have special interests to kowtow to. I do not have to hire some politician’s lamebrain cousin and put him in a featherbed government job because he is a partisan party hack who can’t make a living in the private sector.

That’s what got us into this mess, and we shouldn’t stand for it anymore.

-Secondly, in the first month of my administration, I will visit every department of New Jersey state government. My message will be very simple: the old rules are gone. If you aren’t productive in your job, you will be deemed unnecessary. If you know how to do your job better, or to make your department function more efficiently, or if you have some ideas on how we can serve the people of New Jersey better, now is the time to bring those ideas forward. If party politics were in the way before, they’re not now. If what was holding you back before was making your political-appointee-boss-who-doesn’t-understand-how-the-department-works look bad, it isn’t any longer.

Only an Independent governor can do this. It is the best – not to mention the only – way to greater efficiency in government and to cut government spending – which are the first steps to making life in New Jersey more affordable for all our citizens.

truth_isI don’t make these promises lightly. I know we are competing against 100 years of party politics and the entrenched powers in the Democratic and Republican parties. But if we haven’t had enough by now – if we aren’t going to do this, starting today- when will it ever happen?

We not only can win in this cancerous environment, we will win- with your help. My independent campaign is the first independent campaign ever to qualify for matching funds and for all of the major debates.

So I have a challenge for you -what is it worth to take your state back? What would you invest in New Jersey to make it honest, functional and affordable again? $100, $500, $1,000? Whatever it is, your money is now worth more than ever before. Every dollar you contribute to change New Jersey is now worth three dollars to our campaign.

If just 33,000 New Jerseyans contribute $100 each, we will have raised the maximum the state will match, and it will give us the resources we need to change New Jersey forever. Please go to our website at DaggettForGovernor.com to make yourself heard.

The only way to get real change in New Jersey this years is to elect an independent governor. If you’ve had enough, if what’s happened in New Jersey makes you as sick and angry as it has made me, please join our campaign and send a message to the Republicans and Democrats in Trenton. They have abused our trust for the last time. It is past time to take our government back from them.

Daggett’s Choice of Espisito Gets National Attention

Earlier today Chris Daggett Choose Frank Esposito as his running mate for the 2009 NJ Gubernatorial Election. The 2:00pm announcement in Trenton today picked up regional and then Nation Media attention.

The announcement picked up the #1 result from Google for the search term Gubernatorial Race and was followed by a an Associate Press release which made its way around the blog-o-sphere.

Daggett's announcment of Lt Gov Nominee ranks #1 in Google.

Daggett's announcement of Lt Gov Nominee ranks #1 in Google.

The real news here is the healthy debate that the announcement has sparked.  Some sites started off with the the typical “not another independent wasting our time and money” argument. But the voter’s of NJ soon began to let their anger known with a majority of commenters expressing opinions that they are elated by the new that there is a real alternative to Christie and Corzine, who many view as the same old “lesser of two evils”. Continue reading

Corruption: Chris Christie Multi-Million Dollar Prosecution Bribe Scandals

Chris Christie: Multi-Million  Bribes to Defer Prosecution

N.J. GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie’s corruption includes multi-million dollar bribes and deferred prosecution agreements

Thursday June 25, 2009, 5:21 AM

New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie approved seven deferred prosecution agreements while U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft testifies in 2008 during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ashcroft was scheduled to testify on a multi-million-dollar contract which was awarded to his lobbying firm by the Justice Department to monitor a settlement between an Indiana medical equipment company and a prosecutor.

Here is a synopsis of the deals, which critics have questioned and Christie will testify about today in Washington: Continue reading

Independent Chris Daggett Chooses Chooses Kean’s Esposito For NJ LT Gov P

Chris Daggett Chooses Kean Dean Esposito As NJ LT Gov running mate

At 1:20pm Chris Daggett sent his newsletter subscribers an email indicating his choice of running mate for Lieutenant Governor for the 2009 Governor’s Race in NJ.

Dear Supporter,

We want to let you be the first to know that we have selected Dr. Frank J. Esposito to become, with your support, the first elected Lt. Governor of New Jersey.

Chris Daggett and Dr. Frank J. Esposito

Chris Daggett and Dr. Frank J. Esposito

Frank has been in the forefront of the movement to reform our education system, which too often has failed New Jersey’s children. His extensive background in higher education will help us revitalize our colleges and universities, which is one of the key ways that New Jersey is going to fix its long-term economic problems.

He has a long and distinguished record of making the independent decision we have needed for so long throughout this state. I encourage you to read his acceptance speech that will be posted very shortly on DaggettForGovernor.com.

Please join us in welcoming our first Lieutenant Governor to this effort to change the way politics are run in NJ.

Sincerely,
Chris Daggett

Chris Daggett made his announcement know today at the state house in Trenton at 2:00pm today. The news has been given mainstream media attention and has sparked discussion on several web sites including stealing the #1 Google Result for the search term Gubernatorial Race.

Some sites that picked up coverage include nj.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, and the New Jersey News Room.