The Party Bosses forgot to tie Crabb's shoelaces.
Every elected official in Sussex County places his or her hand on a bible and swears to uphold the laws of the State of New Jersey. Election law is part of that. After the wretched Watergate scandal, reforms were enacted to ensure that the taxpayers and citizens would have the right to know who gives money to the people they elect to office to work for them. The politicians didn't ban the legal bribery of special interest money, but they at least promised to make sure that everyone would know where the money was coming from. It's called "transparency".
But transparency only works if politicians follow the law.
Freeholder Phil Crabb has made a career out of ignoring the law. In 2011, it got so bad and became such an embarrassment that the other elected officials in Sussex County were going to toss him off their ticket. Since then, those elected officials haven't done a very good job of keeping their boy on the straight and narrow.
According to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC ), Freeholder Crabb filed his October 15, 2013, report on January 21, 2014. That was the same day he filed his January 15, 2014, report. But Crabb didn't report what he was required to report until April 15, 2014. Crabb's July 15, 2013, report was filed on July 18, 2013; April 15, 2013, was filed on April 26, 2013; January 15, 2013, on January 31, 2013; October 15, 2012, on October 19, 2012; July 15, 2012, on July 17, 2012; April 15, 2012, on April 23, 2012; and January 15, 2012, on April 23, 2012.
Hey, has anybody seen Crabb's April 15, 2014 report?
Looks like somebody needs to hold Freeholder Crabb's hand to make sure he follows the law.
Freeholder Crabb's last re-election was held on November 8, 2011. His 20-day Post Election report was filed on January 9, 2012. You do the math.
Those elected officials who have put their oaths of office on the line by condoning this behavior with their words and their money should wise up before they face a big embarrassment. Your boy acts like a dodo and just because he's a safe vote for the powers that be doesn't mean that he should get a pass on following the law. It is incumbent upon you, his supporters, to make sure that his shoes are properly tied each and every report time. To date, you have not done your job very well.
Taxpayers and citizens may have to put up with the legal bribery that goes on. We shouldn't have to put up with a lack of transparency too.