Graphic linked from Sid in the City
New Jersey has had Gubernatorial term limits since 1844.
Sixteen states have term limited their legislatures. It is time we do the same here in New Jersey.
U.S Attorney Christopher Christie's record has shown that here in New Jersey corruption is a disease that is rampant from top to bottom. From the Governor's office (remember the unindicted co-conspirator who used the word "Machiavelli") to school boards and planning boards, our current governmental culture attracts people either are looking to accumulate wealth and power in the name of public service, or who do not have the character to resist the temptations.
Those who argue that we have a system for term limits, elections, are naive at best. More likely they are disingenuous. They know the power of incumbency thwarts intra-party challenges and that gerrymandering prevents real competition in most cases.
In Monmouth County, Freeholder Rob Clifton is currently in a position where he has the power to make real reform stick in county government by making sure term limits become law. He can do it now, unlike the governor who wants to wait until after the election to make real reforms.
I hope Rob does it. It is the right thing to do and it is good politics. His current running mate, Jeff Cantor has endorsed term limits. His former running mate, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin proposed state wide term limits only to have her bill buried in Mims Hackett's committee. This week, Clifton can do what his running mates have so far only been able to talk about.
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