Just when you think you’ve seen it all… The State of New Jersey passes laws to prevent political corruption, but in Atlantic County, the politicians then pass resolutions to allow their top contributors to side step the law. As if that isn’t bad enough, they’re using your car, your computer, your email, and your wallet to do it.
Most candidates have to go out on their own time, raising their campaign funds by their own sweat and hard work, but deep-seated-politicians like Denny Levinson, do it on County time, using the wonderful, high-tech resources that our taxes bought for them, and all the while getting paid and racking up pensions and bene’s for doing it.
If you were to run for office, you’d have to go door to door with your family in order to build funds and support for yourself… But a County Official simply uses the County Attorneys, Health Dept., Public Works, Prosecutors Office, Transportation, etc., to secure their political interests.
And then… They put up a wonderful sign, letting you you know who to thank for what they did with your money.
This is why we need to enact term limits!
JerseyLeaks publishes a verified email chain that shows an Atlantic County Law Department official, telling a politically connected law firm how they can save on campaign contributions and avoid having to bid for legal services.
MAYS LANDING, NJ – Atlantic County government contracts appeared to be on the auction block. In a “let’s make a deal” style email chain, Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor, uses her Atlantic County Law Department position to rig the election process and secure funds and support for her mentor, Denny Levinson.
In the email chain obtained by JerseyLeaks, Taylor, who was then working as an assistant county counsel, frankly discusses how Arthur Murray, a contracted professional hired by the county, can avoid having to competitively bid legal services contracts to comply with a newly adopted pay-to-play law.
“I have to do a resolution to take your firm out of the ‘fair and open’ bidding process under the new Pay to Play law,” Taylor wrote in an email to Murray, who was then with the firm of Jacobs & Barbone, a politically connected law firm frequently retained by the Atlantic County government.
“For right now, please be aware that you can not contribute any more that 300 to anyone in the County, that is INCLUSIVE of EVERYONE in your firm AND their families,” Taylor wrote in the email chain. “Otherwise you have to bid on our work. Right now the resolution will allow us to assign you work without bidding.”
“You guys are saving a lot on contributions”
In a later email sent after Murray replied, Taylor explained that under the requirements of the pay-to-play law, the maximum amount of money the firm would be able to give was $300. Taylor said that the prohibition on contributions above that amount would impact county elected officials and municipal elected official employed by the county, such as herself.
“So, the good news for you is that you guys are saving a lot on contributions– you are only looking at really $300 for the whole year. (makes up for our low rate!),” Taylor wrote to Murray.
Now A Superior Court Judge
Taylor was appointed to her position on the bench by Governor Chris Christie in 2014. Which is suspiciously when Levinson authorized multiple sexual harassment settlements naming Judge Taylor and her then boss Atlantic County Counsel James Ferguson.
Taylors appointment to the bench was a consolation prize after her promised position at the Casino Control Commission, was instead given to Levinsons son Mathew.