Thursday, December 31, 2009

DaTruthSquad's Predictions for 2010

Once again, daTruthSquad has dusted off our ever-popular Super-Duper-Dusty-Rusty-Trusty-Reliable-Undeniable-Often imitated-Never duplicated daTruthSquad Crystall Ball, and make our predictions for 2010, now that we bid adieu to both Commissar Klauber's & Jon Con-zine's political career and 2009:

In Manalapan, Andy Boy Lucas will become da mayor of da year for 2010, thanks to 2 Democratic votes. His deputy mayor will be Queen Michelle, thanks to his vote, as both will work together to keep their power base secure for another year.

It will only take 30 days for Ryan Green to become disillusioned with da ways of Manalapan Town Hall, and possibly even less time for him to receive some type of scorn and rebuke from a certain former Manalapan mayor.

A flurry of last minute backroom deals by Democrats will happen in the waning days of Jon Corslime's term. Cost for these deals will be over $86 million, bringing scorn from Chris Christie who vows unless they are immediately repealed, he will get that money back from the state in the form of layoffs.

The Legislature will be expecting a state budget of $30 billion. Instead, Christie's first state budget will be $21 billion, with $9 billion being used to cover the current deficit. The Democratic leadership will be outraged when Christie announces a "Fiscal Emergency," ordering a 5-20% wage cut for all state workers, on top of 8,000 layoffs. When the unions object and march on Trenton, Christie scales back some of his demands for givebacks, but orders another 8,000 layoffs.

Municipalities will get aid returned, but at a price. The only way towns get state aid returned is to agree to a complex series of demands, including municipal payrolls reduced by 10%, each town must have a certain percentage of shared service agreements, and towns must actively consider merging.

Christie will also order immediate drastic reductions to Boards of Education, forcing a number of them to merge.

Queen Michelle, ruler of Manalapanistan, fresh off her landslide loss for State Assembly, will run for Freeloader. She will lose by 6,500 votes, while her running mate will win by just 91 votes after 2 recounts.

The age discrimination case brought by Manalapan Police Chief Stu Brown will continue throughout the year. There will be a delay during the discovery portion of the case, after Manalapan balks at the release of minutes from a number of Executive Session meetings and appeals rulings to hand over those minutes well into 2011.

The Mosked Man lawsuit against Manalapan will take bizarre turn after even more bizarre turn. During a Manalapan Township meeting televised, a summons server will come up during the Open Public portion of the meeting, introduce himself, and hand out documents showing both Andy Boy, da Queen, and even one of da Manalapan Legal Dream Team will all be named defendants. Another bizarre turn comes when a citizen, while complaining about da Mosked Man, makes a statement during a Township Committee meeting that da Mosked Man deems a personal direct threat against him. That person is then arrested 7 days later on charges of making terroristic threats, and that person's bail is posted by a member of da Cadre, who is then also named a defendant in da case. It will not be until 2011 when any settlement is even discussed.

Manalapan residents are outraged after they hear da Township Committee's next budget calls for a 13.5% municipal tax increase. It is approved by a 3-2 vote, with Susan Cohen & Ryan Green voting against the increase.

It will rain at Manalapan Day.

Manalapan will make news during the latter part of the summer when FBI agents raid a municipal office. No arrests will be made, and the government will be ultra secretive as to the nature of the raid. However, after the raid, a well-known municipal worker will resign, and allegations that the person was ordered to resign surface.

There will be a contested GOP race for Manalapan Township Committee. It will result in a split GOP ticket. The split also thrusts Manalapan GOP'er Grand Poobah Steve "Iron Girth" McEnery back into the spotlight, and he will survive yet again another no-confidence vote by just one mere vote.

There will be trouble in da Cadre in 2010, after a blog by daTruthSquad is revealed to have inside Cadre information. Ironically, the wrong person within da Cadre is blamed for da leak, and that person then becomes a supporter for da GOP.

Manalapan will be ground zero again for another First Amendment lawsuit. However, this time, when an anonymous blogger is served legal papers, they return da favor, serving them on da person who originally served them, claiming they too were defamed as that person also used an anonymous name to defame da very same person they are suing. When that happens, that same person is served by three others, including da Mosked Man, for defamation -- and, those who are against anonymous writers will be even more outraged when they discover da anonymous writers are being represented by da Mosked Man as their attorney!

Manalapan also becomes known as Monmouth County's traffic nightmare, as Marlboro starts construction of a "Village-type" shopping area on Route 9 within walking distance of Manalapan, Monroe starts building up Route 33, and Freehold expands their businesses on Route 9. Ironically, 14 businesses are forced to shut down in Manalapan due to slow business, meaning even more people must travel through Manalapan to get to shopping areas.

Due to the new census, New Jersey will lose one seat in the US House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, Chris Smith's seat will be absorbed into Rush Holt's district, angering many voters.

Finally, daTruthSquad will, again, break our yearly record for readers, surpassing 2009 totals, which surpassed 2008 totals and 2007 totals and 2006 totals.

Have a happy and healthy and wonderful 2010, and may our troops serving overseas be protected and always in our prayers, and da First Amendment and our Constitution be forever protected by those who wish to do it harm for their own benefit.

And that's daTruth - from daTruthSquad!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DaTruthSquad's 2009 Year In Review - Da Winners - Da Losers - Da Real Losers

Another year, another frivolous lawsuit, more bickering, less things done, no Village ratables or additional ratables of any kind to offset local taxes, more ratables and better shopping in Freehold. Marlboro, Monroe and Millstone, a probable yes to low-income housing, promises un-kept, age discrimination, and rain at Manalapan Day. Just another year in Manalapan politics.

Here's da highlights (or low-lights depending on what side you're on):

January: Commissar Klauber becomes Mayor of da year, and in one of his first acts tries to enact a rule to "end political bickering." Da only problem, a little thing called da First Amendment, and an even larger thing, one of those opposed to his "silence" tactic was former Mayor George Spodak. Combined, da Snoozepaper, Porky and daTruthSquad stood together, and da Commissar backed down.

From da "History, We Need No Stinkin' History" file - although it happened in 2008 at da end of da Queen's reign of terror, she said to one of her subjects during a public session when asked about legal billing, "YOU’RE COMPLAINING ABOUT A BILL BECAUSE MISTER MOSKOVITZ STARTED A LAWSUIT!"

Yes, in da Queen's world, it was da Mosked Man who sued himself for legal malpractice, and started da "lawsuit heard round da world!"

And you thought it couldn't get any worse - but it's only January!

February: Da Township Committee moves to approve da crumb rubber athletic field that a number of cities and states banned due to health risks. Da Commissar and da Queen hailed da field as da new cornerstone of Manalapan rec. While this was da big news of da time, da even bigger news would come in December when da Queen and Commissar tried to push through a 110-unit low-income apartment building which would be within walking distance of that very same cornerstone!

March: Welcome to "Tillis-Gate," where we wrote, "Manalapan's Gang of Three or Four want to purchase 25 acres of land, in which about 40% or so is completely unusable due to wetlands issues, for twice da price of da going rate, to build a yet-unknown project on it because nobody knows what they want to do with it, to expand a rec center that was just expanded, while home foreclosures in Manalapan are at an all-time high, with a 42% municipal tax increase in da last two years!!!"

OK, let's get this straight -- Da Gang of Three go after an award-winning symphony conductor over $600, stall da Village for years, but they're OK with paying double for land worth half da price, nearly half of which can't be built on, with no plan, and a potential arsenic problem???????

April: Da Queen announces she's running for da State Assembly. Corzine and da Queen - Perfect Together. And they would be - in da loss column in November. Did da frivolous lawsuits finally catch up to her???

May: It's budget time, and da Township Committee decides to keep taxes flat. Andy Boy, da architect of flat budgets of 2005 and 2006 despite da scorn of da Queen, only to turn his back on his tax cutting pledge and raise taxes 42% in just 2 years by denouncing his former pledge and plan now joins da Queen, now saying lowering taxes is right - and so does da Queen and da Commissar! Confused???

June: DaTruthSquad uncovers what da Gang of Three didn't want anyone to know --- da lawyer they approved to handle da case against da Mosked Man resigns three months ago!!!!! In da end, and after an exhausting search, da Gang of Three can't even find one lawyer on da entire East Coast of da United States who would take da case! And, in June, da Commissar admits what they refused to admit before and that this blog has been saying all along - well over $100,000 in taxpayer money had been spent on da whole "Da Township of Manalapan vs Da Mosked Man" affair!

July: Snoozer editor Mark Rosman follows da bread crumbs left over by daTruthSquad and reveals that da Queen & Commissar's fuzzy math about da legal costs incurred by taxpayers during "Da Township of Manalapan vs Da Mosked Man" don't add up. In a stunning and revealing report, Rosman not only agrees with daTruthSquad that much more money was spent on lawyers than da Queen & Commissar allege, but one of da basis points of da entire lawsuit against da Mosked Man was fraudualant. Rosman says ""Moskovitz said the closing on the Dreyer property occurred on June 8, 2005, which indicates that he followed Shepler's April 15, 2005, directive not to close on the property until she had the preliminary assessment and site inspection report from Birdsall Engineering." This means she received da papers from da Mosked Man on May 26. Da closing was on June 8. Now, say what you want about daTruthsquad, but at least, we and our proud and informed readers know May 26 comes well before June 8 on all calendars -- except apparently -- those calendars used by Manalapan's Gang of Three and their lawyers!

Your tax dollars at work!

August: Here's where "Lady-Gate" starts to take shape. Da Queen wants to suspend da Chief of Police in Manalapan for calling her a "lady." Yes, that's not a typo. da Chief would have an answer to that one in da coming months, and his answer will literally make da Queen's head spin around!

September: "Lady-Gate" explodes all over Manalapan. Following a Queenly mea-culpa that wound up on YouTube, da Queen made direct allegations against Manalapan Police Chief Stu Brown which included :

"Sexual harassment, verbal abuse and abuse of power by Manalapan Police Chief Stuart Brown..."

"Chief Brown has a history of verbally assaulting and threatening women."

"Chief Brown’s attack last September on me..."

"Chief Brown’s rage."

"Chief Brown and his repetitive abusive behavior toward women."

"His demeaning language and threatening behavior."

"I do not want any other women to be victims of Chief Brown’s rage."

Soon to follow, da Chief also had a reply for da Queen, but unlike her 8 minute mea culpa, his was just two words. When asked who his attorney is as he files an age discrimination case against Manalapan, da Queen and Tara Tiara, he says just two simple words guaranteed to enrage any member of Manalapan's Cadre of Evil- - Stu Moskowitz!

October: Now that da lawsuit against da Mosked Man is over, and his against da town has begun, da "Excuse Train" came barreling down da tracks and derailed directly into Manalapan Town Hall! After 25 months of a case that ended when Manalapan couldn't find a lawyer to handle it, "According to da Queen --- Da Lawyers Told Us To!!!!!!!!!

Now, wait. DaTruthSquad thought that both Commissar Klauber and Queen Roth told anybody that would listen that 5 members of da Manalapan Township Committee voted on this? It used to be da Mosked Man's fault. Then it somehow became this blog's fault for writing about it. Then it went back to being da Mosked Man's fault. Then it became da fault of those da Gang of Three claimed "leaked" info. Then it was back to being da Mosked Man's fault, followed by being this blog's fault. So now it's da lawyers fault? Wait, didn't they stop da case because it was da Mosked Man who didn't go through his insurance carrier, so da Gang-of-Roth thought they would have a hard time recouping da entire $10,500 for da soil cleanup - which was another excuse?

You really can't make this stuff up!

November: While da big news was da absolute landslide losses handed to da Queen for State Assembly and da Commissar in Manalapan, maybe da most interesting bit of news of da entire year was handed to us by none other than former alleged-reporter and current website operator Kathy "Back Page" Barratta, who posted on her blog site, which ironically started about da time da Queen announced her run for State Assembly, was now for up for sale after her landslide loss! Of course, we wouldn't be daTruthSquad if we both did not report da news and also poke some fun at it.

In "For Sale - Controversial Blog - Low Miles - Original Owner, we came up with a "Top-10" Brillo-Blog list, and felt bad that some of those 4 or 5 people who posted there (although we know of at least one who posts comments on this blog site under "anonymous") might have nowhere else to exercise their Freedom of Speech. In da end, and it appears thanks to this blog, Back Page Barratta decided to keep her website running.

December: The big news out of da Manalapan Township Committee was da vote they didn't take - da one for what da fine folks in Englishtown called "Love Canal II." Da Gang of Three wanted to build a 110-unit low-income apartment building, allegedly to try to satisfy a portion of da COAH commitment. Five problems --- (1) With a new GOP'er governor who is against COAH coming in next month, COAH commitments could easily change to da benefit of towns like Manalapan, (2) THERE COULD POTENTIALLY BE CONTAMINATION on da site that could potentially cost $$$$$$$$ 6-figures to cleanup, (3) A large number of residents, including many from Englishtown who would border da low-income apartments are unhappy to say da very least, (4) not even a simple traffic impact study, or any important study for that matter, had been done to size up da impact of everything from traffic, added kids to Manalapan schools, da fact there's no sidewalks for 1/4 mile to da nearest bus stop, and (5) no solid infrastructure to accommodate these folk's needs.

In da end, da Manalapan Township Committee realized all da publicity was something they didn't need (especially since they've had da Village People jumping through hoops for da last 5 years, so da vote was not taken until at least some small study can be done - at taxpayer expense.

DaTruth is, 2009 brought some very interesting results. Da Queen's political aspirations were summarily rejected by da voters by landslide proportions. Commissar Klauber felt da voter's wrath by da same measures. Da daTruthSquad blog has become da most popular website for Manalapan's Freedom of Speech. Thousands of visitors read this site monthly, equally as popular as last year's figures. Da so-called "Manalapan Hate Website" will continue in operation, since it was put up for sale and nobody would buy it or maintain it.

Da commitment of this blog has been maintained. Our TruthTellers, despite their best efforts to uncover them, can be found along with daTruthSquad in Manalapan Town Hall and also within da Cadre. We have successfully been able to uncover wrongs and da doings of those behind many closed doors thanks to their hard work and dedication to da First Amendment of da Constitution of da United States.

Our blog for 2010 remains da same as always, root out corruption within political walls, make sure politicians keep da promises they make, and, to be fair, make sure our readers know what is really happening in Manalapan, and not just what some career politicians or their propaganda sellers want you to know.

A special daTruthSquad Thank You to all of our readers for making this site one of the top information sites in the area, and our TruthTellers for their hard work and dedication in gathering all of the inside information to expose.

Have a Happy & Healthy 2010, and that's daTruth.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Of Mice & Men & Lawsuits - The 2nd Anniversary of Manalapan's "Lawsuit Heard 'Round da World!"

DaTruthSquad has to admit this is a very special week, and also one that gives one pause. It was 2 years ago that da Manalapan Legal Dream Team faced daTruthSquad and da Electronic Frontier Foundation in a Monmouth Court, with da goal of taking da Constitution of da United States, and da Bill of Rights, and makeing little paper airplanes out of them. Da Manalapan Legal Dream Team brought a lawsuit that was ordered by da Manalapan Township Committee with two sole purposes, embarrass da person they were suing for legal malpractice, and expose da writer and/or writers of this blog.

Da Manalapan Legal Dream Team claimed in absolutely no uncertain terms that this blog was written by none other than da Mosked Man himself, and he was in violation of a court order not to discuss da case. Their evidence was not actual pictures or video of da Mosked Man making a blog entry, or even secret video of him penning this blog, or eyewitness testimony from someone claiming he heard da Mosked Man boast this blog was his -- but was da blog itself -- and da inside information from da blog entries -- and their evidence was solely their "belief" that he was da writer.

Making matters worse -- da Manalapan Legal Dream Team had unlimited wealth to bankroll their work, because YOU DA TAXPAYER were paying their bills whether you wanted to or not -- because da Manalapan Township Committee ordered them to do it through their voting!

Two years ago, daTruthSquad was concerned when we received a subpoena from da Dream Team for everything under da sun. Da concern didn't stem from whether we would be pointed to as da blogger, but far worse -- that our First Amendment rights and da rights of others were being violated. Then, daTruthSquad came up with a plan of action that not only turned da tables on da Manalapan Township Committee Gang of Three, and forced da Manalapan Legal Dream Team to actually practice law, but took a plan that da Gang of Three wanted to keep in private and away from da people and exposed all of it for everyone to see!

It was late-September 2007 when daTruthSquad received notice it was being subpoenaed for information that anyone should not have to give. At issue wasn't just what da Gang of Three's Dream Team wanted.

At issue was da rule of law, anonymity, da basis of what was considered then and what was proven to be nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit, and a legal precedent that could take da Constitution of da United States and turn it into toilet paper.

With da EFF on our side, an organization whose purpose is to protect da rights of individuals, we decided to stand up to da bullies using all legal means at our disposal. Da EFF not only said they will not hand anything over and force da Dream Team's legal hand, but they took every shred of legal papers of da case and posted them on da internet for all to see, opening up da door for what became an unprecedented and shockingly revealing look into how da Manalapan Township Committee and their proxy's operate.

Everything from legal notices, to actual or in many cases alleged evidence, and even written correspondence between lawyers was posted for everyone to see! This became something Manalapan residents have never seen before -- exactly how your money was being spent on what may have been the most controversial period in Manalapan history!

While some Manalapan politicians promised transparancy in Town Hall but never delivered on that promise ---- daTruthSquad and da EFF made them keep that promise.

Three months later, in a Monmouth Court, da Dream Team's case now in front of a Superior Court Judge became, in effect, "Yes, da Mosked Man is daTruthSquad beyond a shadow of a doubt" -- to -- "Well, da Mosked Man is probably daTruthSquad" -- to -- "You know, it's a descent bet da Mosked Man is da Squad" -- to -- "Well, there's a one in 10 billion chance da Mosked man could be, but might be, but then again maybe it's da bearded guy in da corner or da guy panhandling outside da court."

Actually, according to da legal papers word for word, da Manalapan Legal Dream Team claimed da following:

In this legal document, da Manalapan Legal Dream Team made all of these claims saying daTruthSquad was da Mosked Man - with no actual evidence!

Now here's da entire transcript from da hearing. yes, it's pretty long, but as you read it, you can see page by page how da Manalapan Legal Dream Team's case began to crumble into dust.

Even before that, it was actually determined that da subpoena sent by da Dream Team wasn't even valid -- AND YOUR TAX DOLLARS PAID FOR THAT!!!

To make a long story short, what they wanted they couldn't get, because even if they could, they never filed da proper legal paperwork - AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE!!!!!

Beyond all that, their case would have set a precedent that would have made those who fought for our freedoms down da road at Monmouth Battlefield turn over twice in their graves. This country was founded by anonymous writers, including those who wrote da Federalist Papers - one of whom became a Supreme Court Justice, and other great patriots who said we don't have to take what da oppressive government of da day were handing us. Benjamin Franklin was an anonymous writer, maybe even da first blogger of da day. In this case, da government of Manalapan was using taxpayer money to fund a lawsuit nobody wanted in order to expose da people who were airing their dirty laundry.

Other times it was tried, in other cases, including a different landmark case in New Jersey. In each case across da nation, those who brought da cases all lost. In this case, not only did da township of Manalapan lose, but it also set a legal precedent that will, and we all pray, last forever -- and it's already been used as evidence in another legal case outside of New Jersey as a precedent!

In addition, what this case also did, and here's where your tax money comes into play again -- by losing this case in da way that they did, it cast da cloud of doubt over their entire legal malpractice case against da Mosked Man, by putting their credibility and theories into serious doubt. In da end, after 25 months of fighting, da Manalapan Township Committee couldn't even find one lawyer in da entire state who would take da case when their "contingency fee" attorney walked off da case!

So now, that case continues, but now it's da Mosked Man suing Manalapan and da politicians who went after him for 25 months of legal billing and to recoup 25 months of lost work due to da severity of da case they brought -- and could cost some a pretty penny to be sure.

As for "Da Township of Manalapan vs da Mosked Man," it cost taxpayers to be sure, and it also made Manalapan a laughingstock, because da story of how da town politicians were suing a blogger they didn't like spread around da world in publications in North and South America, Europe and Asia. During da height of da lawsuit, this blog was getting thousands of hits each day! And, this blog is still here "for all da people."

DaTruth is, daTruthSquad fought this fight not just for us, but for anyone who blogs, anonymously or not. You should have da right to speak out against what you feel isn't right. While you can't scream "fire" in a crowded theater, you can tell people what they may not know, or aren't getting from a local newspaper for whatever reason. You can do this through word of mouth, at a diner, or on a blog, whether you use your real name or not. As Americans, we have that right, and as long as our Republic endures, we always will.

In an ironic twist of fate, there are actually some individual who backed with words or deeds da Manalapan legal case against anonymity, yet post anonymous comments on message boards, contrary to da case they supported -- da height of hypocracy!

DaTruth is, if da axis of evil had won their case (and we all know it would have been turned over on appeal), then da rights we all share would have been seriously violated. Never again would anyone be able to speak out against what they believed was wrong without the extreme fear of reprisal. What Manalapan wanted to do was stop a whistelblower from airing their dirty laundry. In da end, da actions of a few politicians and their took away Manalapan's prestige when word spread around da world of their taxpayer-funded lawsuit attacking Freedom of Speech, and also cost Commissar Klauber his seat on da Township Committee, and da Queen her limousine ride to Trenton.

Through their minions, they claimed that da Founding fathers of our great nation didn't plan this for da Constitution. Apparently, they did not bother to learn a little history that many 3rd graders are taught, such as who da woman was who wrote riveting letters to da editor in a Boston newspaper was about issues of da day, who later turned out to be Benjamin Franklin, or da writers of da Federalist Papers - one who became da first Secretary of da Treasury, another a President of these United States, and da third was da first Chief Justice of da US Supreme Court - all writing under da anonymous name "Publius." Yes, da internet wasn't around in 1787, but da written word was - and those brave and wise men knew their laws must endure - and we thank God their wise vision still does today!

Let us never forget their sacrifices.

So yes, this is an important anniversary, for da patriots, for us, and da rule of law. And it will be remembered always. Our guess is, there are members of da Cadre who will also be remembering that this case quite possibly began their political downfall.

And that's daTruth.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Will Ryan Green Become Da Next Manalapan Township Committee's Tony Gennaro or Andy Boy?

It's a question being asked by those who actually hope da Manalapan Township Committee will do right by them. Now that Commissar Klauber has only one more township meeting to preside over before he is shown da door, what will his replacement, Ryan Green, do?

During his campaign three years ago, Commissar Klauber made a number of promises. However, as we all learned, for some, promises can be like your hair - everyone has hair. Whether your hairline recedes and you wind up looking 20 years older than you really are is another story.

Now, in comes Ryan Green, a young man who also made some promises.

He promised da Manalapan Township Committee would no longer stay da state's joke of jokes.

Will he put an end to "LadyGate" and allow da Chief of Police to not work in fear of some politicians?

Will he vote to end "pay-to-play" - something others have promised but have not delivered?

Will he demand that da people be more involved in town decisions, including allowing for public referendums on funding frivolous "Lawsuits To Nowhere," or land purchases that some would deem questionable?

Will he actually demand da muzzling of anyone who attacks members of da public or volunteers during township committee meetings?

Will he demand that township officials who either start or are a part of lawsuits reimburse da taxpayers for da thousands of $$$$$$$ spent?

Needless to say, Ryan Green will have his hands full there.

Then, there's da factional problems.

Tony Gennaro was living proof that not listening to da party bosses and using your own brain and thinking of what is best for da people you represent was a recipe for disaster - if you're a member of da Manalapan Township Committee. Susan Cohen found out that same fact of life. Will he side with Andy Boy and da GOP/Democratic party bosses, or will he live on da island with Susan Cohen who work "for all da people?"

Who will Ryan Green support for leadership of da Manalapan Township Committee? Da Queen, coming off her historic landslide loss in da State Assembly race will want payback, and that could be as da next mayor. However, she can't do that alone. She'll need two other votes for any leadership position.

In other words, she'll need a GOP'er, or alleged GOP'er, to side with her.

Andy Boy may also want to sit in da big chair again. Now, da Andy Boy / Holland / Queen alliance can divy up da top spots between themselves. Da only problem with that will be, if that scenario happens, Andy Boy will be completely exposed as siding with Democrats to keep power, since both Green & Cohen are GOP'ers. Da difference, though is Green is backed by da Manalapan GOP'er Grand Poobah, while Cohen is on her own doing da people's work. Who will Green side with? That remains to be seen.

Where will Green stand on da issue of lawsuits? Right now, da town is being sued by da Manalapan Chief of Police for discrimination, and da Mosked man wants to recoup 25 months of defending himself aginst a frivolous charge in da "Lawsuit-To-Nowhere" that da town, which brought da case, was forced to stop when their own lawyer dropped da case and after 4 months da town couldn't find even one lawyer in da entire state of New Jersey who wanted to attach their name to it! Then, there's da entire "Lady-Gate" issue.

What will Green do about what Englishtown residents are calling "Love Canal II," da land where da Gang of Three want to build a low-income, over 100 unit apartment building on da Englishtown border and an already crowded road on land that could potentially be contaminated and cost six-figures or more to clean up - with no studies done to see if its even feasible - all for a COAH situation that da new governor wants to change or even do away with anyway?

What will Ryan Green do about da Village? And where will he stand with Marlboro's potential new shopping center on Route 9 which could potentially back up traffic into Manalapan on any given day?

And while we're on da subject of that, where's da outrage from those who don't want da Village? Another "Mega-Mall" within walking distance of Manalapan's border?? This will mean more Manalapan folks getting into their cars to drive somewhere outside of Manalapan for the simple items they need that they can't get in Manalapan, because Manalapan, led by longtime politicians like da Queen and da party bosses, have allowed Manalapan to have one of the worst ratable rations in da entire state of New Jersey!

DaTruth is, this blog had questions about Ryan Green. He won da election, and to be fair, we will give him da benefit of da doubt. However, for those who want to gauge which Ryan Green will show up to represent them, da day in question will be da very first meeting in January when da gang get together and select who gets what job. What daTruthSquad expects is that da Queen will be named mayor, and as for who becomes deputy mayor, that is still a question. If Green supports da Queen, and becomes deputy mayor in return, then we'll all know. If Green watches as da Gang of Three keep power amongst themselves, then we'll know he's on da road to keeping his promises.

Which Ryan Green will show up is a very important question, to be sure. That could go a long way to see whether things really do change in Manalapan, or whether da party bosses will continue to make all da rules as they go along.

And that's DaTruth.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Manalapan Delays A Vote on Approving What Some Call "Love Canal II"

If you were in da Manalapan Town Hall with daTruthSquad during da November 11 meeting, you saw what turned into a contentious meeting, complete with most of da population of nearby Englishtown in attendance (well, about 30 or so). Why were they there?

Da Manalapan Township Committee, led by da lame duck Commissar Klauber and da Queen, who will not be going to Trenton thanks to da voters by a landslide, want to place over 100 affordable housing apartments right on da Englishtown border to make da town's COAH obligation easier. Sounds good in theory doesn't it? If that were all it was, then there probably wouldn't be much of an argument here, but whenever da Queen & Commissar-led Township Committee does anything, check both your wallot and what is being hidden under da rug first.

While there's nothing wrong with trying to do what is right for those less fortunate, why da rush, why that location, and what is in da best interest for these potential new residents of Manalapan?

ISSUE 1: Da Committee was all prepared to vote -- WITHOUT A TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY! As many as 200 or more cars will be added to a major road out of Manalapan and into Englishtown and their already-overcrowded Main Street! But it's OK, no traffic study needed. It's not like these two didn't bury da Village project in a series of traffic and other studies and reports.

ISSUE 2: One Englishtown politician described da land where this project is to be built as A POTENTIAL "LOVE CANAL" and another as a "ghetto." Why??? Because da land was once home to an oil company, and needs to be cleaned up, and quite possibly at a large cost still to be determined, BEFORE any work is done. AGAIN - NO STUDY OR REPORT ON DA CONTAMINATION DONE! Still OK for da Queen & da Commissar.

ISSUE 3: With a new governor on his way in, who wants to fix COAH and the obligations towns have, why rush this through? It's not like da Queen accepted donations from builders and developers, even those as far away as Philadelphia during her failed State Assembly campaign?

ISSUE 4: Why was this exact location picked? There's absolutely no infrastructure available to the residents who will have little means. Da only shopping within walking distance to them will be a liquor store, ice cream store, and sandwich shop and take-out Chinese restaurant. There's no sidewalks to da nearest bus stop, so they will have to walk in da already-narrow Route 522 about 1/4 MILE to get to and from da bus. And, there's that cozy feeling of living atop a place that is being compared by some Englishtown residents to potentially being a Superfund site.

In da end, though, a cooler and somewhat balder head prevailed as alleged Manalapan resident and alleged GOP'er Andy Boy asked to delay da vote so some of these issues can be explored. Da township committee agreed, and will wait one month - but is one month enough?

Here's our questions:

1. Why was da Manalapan Township Committee ready, willing and able to vote on a plan that apparently doesn't have an overall plan?

2. With a new governor on his way in, why rush will fulfilling COAH obligations that could be lessened next year?

3. Has a study been done to see if any member of da Manalapan Township Committee received donations from any company or individual who could benefit from this project?

4. Why do we not know even da slightest extent of da ground contamination on da site - yet da Manalapan Township Committee was ready that night to vote and most likely approve da plan where hundreds of people -- and children -- will live?

5. What is to stop Englishtown from having their police set up registration checks every morning along Main Street and Route 522 if this project is approved?

6. Over 110 apartments, some up to 3 bedrooms. How many more kids for Manalapan's already overcrowded schools? How many more police will need to be hired? No crime study for low-income housing, but Manalapan's Township Committee is ready to sign off on this?

7. All of these low-income apartments, and no infrastructure to handle their needs? How are these people supposed to get through Manalapan to Marlboro and Freehold to shop and go to da supermarkets? Da only "infrastructure" within walking distance will be a sandwich shop, take-out Chinese food and a liquor store.

8. You had da Manalapan Township Committee ready, willing and able to vote on a project without even having done even one traffic impact study. With da Village, they did so many traffic studies they could wallpaper da Freehold Mall with it and still have pages to spare. What was da rush?

DaTruth is, while there is a COAH obligation, things could easily change to Manalapan's COAH benefit next year with Christie as Governor. Even if nothing regarding COAH changes were to happen, what is da rush to build even more homes? Even more important, what is da rush to build these particular low-income apartments?? Why push through with such breakneck speed that no traffic impact or infrastructure or health or ground contamination studies done???

Here you have a project that is obviously causing a ton of angst with da neighbors in Englishtown. You're going to build a low-income 100+ unit project that will directly impact their town, because Manalapan is placing this squarely at da border of their town - and Manalapan has absolutely no infrastructure in that area for those new potential residents. In fact - da only "infrastructure" in place for those low-income residents within a mile of that site will be soda machines at Manalapan Rec!

Why there? Why on a piece of land with potential contamination so concerning to some residents they started referring to da land as "Love Canal II??"

There are some who have called for an investigation into whether some politicians received campaign contributions from builders and developers. Is an investigation warranted?

DaTruth is, you really do have to question da rush to vote on this. If it weren't for da folks in Englishtown coming in force to da Manalapan meeting to make their concerns known, this probably would have been shoved through. Is one month going to change anything?

Da people of both Manalapan and Englishtown should put da Manalapan Township Committee on notice. They need to say out loud that this should be delayed until da lame-duck session is over and a new mayor and Ryan Green are added to da committee.

To be fair, if daTruthSquad were da lawyer for da Englishtown residents, they could consider a lawsuit against Manalapan to ensure da proper studies are done first, and to see if there is any money trail. If this isn't done, then what does this say about a development like da Village, which could become Manalapan's biggest overall ratable, add no extra kids to da crowded schools, yet has been buried in study after study for years? Englishtown residents have da most to lose here. If this is going to be done, it should be done right, with no complaints, and no potential health and welfare risks, and with benefits to those low-income residents.

And that's daTruth.