Very little time left to persuade McGreevey to allow us to vote,
which doesn’t look too likely, since according to this article via TigerHawk McGreevey will likely be named to head the Stem Cell institute. Since McGreevey — who has no background at all in medicine or the natural sciences — totally lacks in qualifications for such a job, here’s how it works:
Acting Gov. Richard Codey is expected to name resigning Gov. Jim McGreevey to head the state’s Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey in a few months, sources said.
McGreevey’s resignation takes effect on Nov. 15, at which time Senate President Codey will take over as acting governor. He is expected to name McGreevey to head the institute at some point before the end of the year.
McGreevey established the institute last May as a joint effort between the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University, to be funded through a public-private partnership. In setting up this year’s budget, McGreevey set aside $9.5 million to kick off the institute
There’s only one thing:
McGreevey’s appointment would violate the memorandum of understanding the governor signed with much fanfare in May along with the presidents of both universities. The agreement identifies Robert Wood Johnson Medical School neuroscientist Dr. Ira Black as the institute’s founding director and lays out a process for appointing a “distinguished senior scientist” as a permanent leader.
so McGreevey’s spokeman Rasmussen says McGreevey “is not angling for a paid position with the institute” but that “that the need for an unpaid institute chair had been noted during preliminary planning discussions about the institute with officials from the universities.”
In other news, Trip to MVC leads to complaint from local McGreevey appointee: Mt. Arlington woman says worker banished her for a day from agency facility, but she doesn’t remember the TV ads where McG was telling us how great the DMV now was. The guy in charge of the E-Z Pass got a $15,000 raise, though. No surprise, then, that Nader disses N.J. politics.
McGreevey timetable faces second key test: Midnight Friday is the deadline for opponents to force a special election. Meanwhile, in the NYTimes there are Two Views on the Politics of Succession from former governor Byrne and former state Attorney General John Farmer Jr.
Still, when it comes to the Cipel lawsuit, as Jim put it, the pissing contest continues, even when
We see this pathetic soap opera for what it is.
The real issue that remains on the table is the governor’s steadfast refusal to leave office before September 3rd. His leaving prior to that date would permit the citizens of this state to elect the person who will be the chief executive of the state through November 2005. Imagine the nerve of us actually wanting a say in who governs the state?
As the Philadelphia Inquirer says, McGreevey End this sorry chapter now. Two days: write, fax, call:
Gov. James E. McGreevey, P.O. Box 001, State House, Trenton NJ 08625-0001. Telephone, 609-292-6000. Fax, 609-292-3454.
Sen. Jon Corzine, U.S. Senate, 502 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510-3004. Telephone, 202-224-4744. Fax, 202-228-2197.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, U.S. Senate, 324 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510-3003. Telephone, 202-224-3224. Fax, 202-228-4054.
Rep. Rush Holt, 1019 Longworth Building, Washington DC 20515. Telephone, 202-225-5801. Fax, 202-225-6025.
Sen. Shirley Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1440 Pennington Rd., Trenton NJ 08618. Telephone 609-530-3277. Fax, 609-530-3292.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, email@example.com, 226 W. State St., Trenton NJ 08608. Telephone 609-292-0500. Fax, 609-633-2179.
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 226 W. State St., Trenton NJ 08608. Telephone, 609-292-0500. Fax, 609-633-2179.
Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, email@example.com, 7 Centre Dr., Suite 2, Monroe NJ 08831-1565. Telephone, 609-395-9911. Fax, 609-395-9032.
Sen. Ellen Karcher, firstname.lastname@example.org, 400 W. Main St., Freehold NJ 07728. Telephone, 732-462-8883.
Assemblyman Robert Morgan, email@example.com, The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave., Bldg. 2, 2nd Floor, Red Bank NJ 07701. Telephone, 732-741-5599. Fax, 732-741-0012.
Assemblyman Michael Panter, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave., Bldg. 2, 2nd Floor, Red Bank NJ 07701. Telephone, 732-741-5599. Fax, 732-741-0012