Health hypocrisy in Rockaway Township

The township council is considering a resolution to ask the state to challenge national health care reform in court. This action is pointless and purely political …
Another interesting aspect is that council members, who can get health benefits courtesy of the taxpayers, are complaining about a plan to extend health insurance to those who do not have it.
Hmm … Can you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y!


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

15 Responses to Health hypocrisy in Rockaway Township

  1. David Press says:

    By the way, at least 8 of the 9 members of the Rockaway Township Council get these medical benefits for a small monthly contribution. For the four years that I proudly served as 5th Ward Councilman, I did not take this or participate in the state pension plan. Oh yes, that is another perk for council members.

    David Press

  2. seekntruth says:

    Good point Fred

    (It felt very strange to write that)

  3. Ted says:

    David, why do you think Rodgers fought so hard to get back on concil? I doubt he needed the pension but healthcare is, as you know of great value

    How long does it take to vest in the pension? I suspect Minnena was close and, in effect was given a council seat for that reasonl. BTW wasn’t Minnena’s appointment the issue that put Rodger’s panties in a bunch?

  4. hfa says:

    you vest after 10 years

  5. MIke says:

    Dave, are you getting caught up in Snowflake’s H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y? He has done nothing except put Rockaway Township in a bad light for years now. All he is is just a Tabloid writer. He portrays Rockaway Twp as villainous place and glorifies people who terrorizes and assaults its employees. Fred, we all know you loved the past Administration but get over it, he gone. Oh yeah and By the way Fred, the reason I’m supporting resolution is for two reasons, first I believe it to be unconstitutional and second I have four children and 2 grand children which will have to pay for this monstrosity.

  6. I notice Mike does not say he’s going to give up his health benefits. I guess, so-called government health benefits are good for some people, but bad for others,

  7. P says:

    . . . and Mike’s grand kids and their grand kids will also be paying for his pension benefits!

    Time to dump the “grandfathering” of both benefits for part-timers, especially elected officials.

  8. Fred,

    There is a good deal of GOP “H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y” going around these days. Last week Washington Township Mayor Ken Short publicly stated, “We’re not going to take the Kevin Nedd approach of paying interest on a credit card”. Apparently he was referring to a previous municipal budget when I supposedly cut a debt payment as low as possible. I guess this sounds good as a deceptive local GOP talking point, but unfortunately (for Mayor Short) the facts show otherwise.

    In 2008, I recommended a $60K reduction in the payment of Bond Anticipated Notes and Capital Notes to partially offset a $187K reduction in municipal state aid. However, in the following year (2009), an all GOP township committee, under Mayor Ken Short’s leadership, further reduced the payment of Bond Anticipated Notes and Capital Notes by an additional $70K. To be fair, in 2009, the township received a cut in municipal state as well. But it was only $41K.

    Aside from the obvious hypocrisy, the real question Mayor Short needs to ask himself is why in 2009, it was necessary to cut an additional $70K from a line item he associates with “paying interest on a credit card”, when municipal state aid only dropped by $41K?

  9. P says:

    Why not just direct everyone to your one man anti-WT GOP jihad at

  10. P,

    That would be

    Thanks in advance for visiting the site!

  11. P says:

    Love the site, gives me a laugh every day. Small town politics at its best (or worst if you’re in Nedd’s cross hairs).

    Question – How come you are congratulating your BOE for raising your tax levy by 4%? If Shorty & Poppy do the same will you give them kudos too?

  12. P,

    I would except for the fact Short and Popper are on record saying their target tax increase this year was 0%. Why should I “congratulate” them when they clearly failed to achieve their own self imposed target?

    The WTBOE never insulted the public’s intelligence by setting such a foolish target and managed to deliver a budget $1.6M smaller than last year.

  13. Edward France says:

    In my town some of the part time elected officials get a large check for opting out of the health care bennies. This is part of the coruption that has been visited on the the taxpayers of Morristown. If this is allowed to keep taking place , shame on good men and women for letting it happen. These people are taking money we
    have to borrow or do not have. Almost a crime in these economic times.
    When will people wake up?

  14. Ed,

    I could not agree with you more. It’s shameful.

  15. Ted says:

    Back to what Mike said. As a town councilman, you represent the entire 2nd ward.; in some respects you carry responsibility for the township. How dare you use your position to support any resolution based on personal opinion!

    As to Fred, his affinity for Inglesino is well known but I’ve found that it doesn’t make him a bad person (just a little flawed). The Daily Record’s opinion page has devoted a great deal of ink to the school issue, which you seem to support. The damaging press is about the personal activities of councilmen like Max Rodgers, which tend to be unprofessional and a bit over the top. Finally, you must admit that Lou’s legal victory based on a technicality, just to beat Tucker and placate Ingrid’s anger wasn’t his finest moment.

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