Skip to comments.Camden, NJ braces for deep police, fire cuts
Posted on 01/16/2011 5:41:19 PM PST by george76
Deep layoffs of city workers go into effect on Tuesday - cutting up to 383 jobs, or one-fourth of the city's employees. The exact number depends on whether public workers' unions make last-minute concessions...
Three of Camden's past seven mayors have been sent to prison for corruption, including one who was convicted while he was still running the city.
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If you hate having to get up every morning to go to work, unionize.
Yeah - they’ve been using that a lot recently. They like that one.
“painful cuts” is another one.
The Maggie Thatcher - “running out of other people’s money” time may be close.
Christie said fuggetabout-it. Obama cannot let them sell those phony Build America Bonds with a GOP House AFAIK.
Who is going to muni bonds from a city with no tax base, rampant crime and a fourth world citizenry?
My prediction is that you are not going to see a huge increase in crime in Camden once they cut the police force.
Police have not impact on deterring crime, they merely show up after the fact to document it.
“Three of Camden’s past seven mayors have been sent to prison for corruption....”
Look on the bright side, the majority haven’t been sent to jail.
Instead of eliminating every program that they have no business in, they forever go after police and fire first. Why? Because they know the police and fire cuts will never stick. In the end, nothing is cut.
Anyone who has ever seen Camden in person would be surprised to learn that the city actually had a police force or a fire department to begin with.
drug test all the welfarerats and kick off all that fail!!!
“If you hate having to get up every morning to go to work, unionize.”
If we could only get rid of all the No good corrupt, greedy, self serving scum that seems to infest this country at all levels from the WH down to the local dawg catcher in the smallest town. We would be by far the most powerful and revired Nation on the face of the planet. But I fear it will never happen. we would have to have another Joe McCarthy to do so.
Any city that can't meet its budget is too poor to support welfare recipients. Cancel welfare for all city residents, make them move elsewhere.
As a retired cop I have to agree with you. We are usually after the fact. Don’t feel sorry for the citizens of Camden. The neighborhoods reflect those who choose to live there.
Like Poughkeepsie it’s a great place to pick your feet. People need to know.
When I lived in Camden County, NJ in the mid-to-late seventies, the city of Camden was a total sh*thole, the armpit of New Jersey. I would say that calling it a third-world cesspool would be a gross understatement.
We left the Fairview section 13 years ago. It was the last nice section of the city. Now it’s just like every other part of Camden.
A little tidbit, some years ago the glory hound DA of Camden, a guy named Asbell, came out and said his car had been shot up by drug dealers seeking to kill him for all the great work he was doing. I remember a cop at the time being quoted saying basically that he didn't buy it because if it were true, the drug dealers all knew that the cops would shut them down overnight so they wouldn't do something this dumb. Of course, the cop was right and it was a publicity stunt but the question was begged: if the cops can shut down the drug trade overnight, why don't they? And if they can but won't, is laying them off really going to make much of a difference?
One of the most lawless and dydfunctional cities in America just worse. Way to go Camden!
“Obvious then that it was No Man’s Land.”
Definitely a war zone.
The schools pull that same crap: “We’ll have to double class size, fire half the teachers, layoff janitors, etc. etc.” Meanwhile the administrators keep drawing $100,000 plus salaries until the scared public grants more taxes or another bond issue. Cheap trick, just like threatening to cut cops and firefighters.
This does not make sense. They are going to need those people after the real cuts come to all the social services programs.
How many city hall bureaucrats are getting cut? If the elected officials truly acted for the public’s best interest wouldn’t police and fire personnel be the last cut?
Maybe there’s nothing left to steal or burn anymore. Camden: the Detroit of New Jersey.
Does not matter to Illinois. Dem Rat Gov. just raised the state income tax 68%.
Thousands hired in Illinois ahead of new pension system
By SEAN DRISCOLL and ANDY BROWNFIELD
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Jan 16, 2011 @ 11:30 PM
When it comes to pensions in Illinois, a day can mean all the difference in the world.
Thanks to the eight-month span between Gov. Pat Quinns approval of a pension reform bill last spring and its implementation Jan. 1, any public worker hired in Illinois as late as Dec. 31 was enrolled in a far more lucrative pension plan than those hired after that date.
A GateHouse News Service analysis of pension data has identified nearly 19,000 public workers at all levels of Illinois government hired in that span, from bus drivers to university presidents.
Are there no bureaucrats that can be cut?
Can they cut any ethnic community centers? gay libraries?
I’m sure they have a lot of PC spending they could eliminate
As long as they don’t cut the Mexican/Gay Community Center & Dating Club they promise not to riot.
The “larger issue”:
“The larger issue, which is the most frightening and disturbing, is a governor of the state who tells the city of Camden, ‘You have to get your house in order and in four years, you have to be self-sufficient,’” he (Professor Gillette) said. “The idea that Camden could pull itself up by the bootstraps, that can’t happen.”