Candidate Hayden broke DOT rules to run
William J. Hayden (AKA Bill Hayden, Dell Hayden, Skylands Patriot ) is an 18 year public employee of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He works as a supervisor, based in Trenton, where he pockets a salary and extras more each year than any legislator earns -- plus full benefits and a pension. Hayden is a member of the CWA -- one of the most liberal unions in America.
He doesn't vote much. He made it last November, but the last time before that was 2010. Now he thinks we should give him a second public job -- as our legislator.
The Department of Transportation has certain simple rules. Before you contemplate running for partisan elected office, you are supposed to notify the executive office. It is the same when you have any form of outside employment that might cut in on the time you are paid working for the taxpayers. It is plainly written, in black and white, in the Ethics Manual that all DOT employees must abide by:
The NJ Department of Transportation Code of Ethics states: "Employees who intend to run for partisan elective public office must submit an Outside Employment /Activities (PR-102) Form to supervision and the Ethics Liaison Officer prior to becoming a candidate for such office." (Page 20, under Political Activity)
Somehow the media missed this when they reported on March 31st that Hayden had announced his intention to run a day earlier and was collecting signatures. On April 2nd, the Herald posted a story that announced Hayden was a candidate.
But even at that late date, Hayden had failed to follow the Ethics rules and had not notified DOT superiors or the Ethics Liaison Officer. In typical Hayden bully fashion, he just did whatever he wanted to do and to hell with the rules.
In fact, according to DOT records obtained through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), Hayden took his time and didn't follow Ethics rules. He filed and was on the ballot (April 3rd) and was still in the middle of an Ethics process that should have occurred prior to him even circulating a petition to run for partisan elected office.
We guess the rules don't apply for some people. Or some people don't think they do. But that doesn't stop Hayden from laying down rules for everyone else -- as those who have had to deal with his high-handed manner as a DOT supervisor will attest. And now he wants even more power to make rules for people that he will not follow himself.