Breaking news from InsiderNJ. Democrat Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D- 35), a career white-collar public employee, issued a press release stating: "The New Jersey Legislature does not serve the ‘forgotten people.'" The Democrat was referring to the Working Class, as referenced by Assemblyman Parker Space in a statement the Republican released on Tuesday.
We suspect that without knowing it, Assemblyman Wimberly was acknowledging one of the great under-reported facts of American political life. In White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, Duke University Professor Nick Carnes cites studies showing that while a majority of Americans work in blue-collar employment, only 2 percent of Congress were blue-collar workers before being elected and only 3 percent of State Legislators are employed as blue-collar workers. Carnes and others hold that this disparity reflects the economic decisions and priorities of legislative bodies in America.
This lack of blue-collar perspective shouldn't surprise anyone looking at the Legislature's agenda. And it shows why Democrat political leaders in Trenton don't give a damn about New Jersey having the highest property taxes in America.
As for Assemblyman Wimberly, he holds three white-collar taxpayer-funded jobs, one of which are subsidized (through the inequitable Abbott funding formula) by rural and suburban taxpayers residing in Northwest New Jersey. He has a total of four taxpayer-funded jobs in his household. No wonder he wants the "forgotten" Working Class to shut-up and just pay their taxes.
Assemblyman Wimberly tries to make a point that the Legislature should serve "all the people." That's a nice sentiment, but as a recent Princeton University study reported, "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
It's not about identity. It's about Class.
And yes, it is humiliating that a group representing more than 60 percent of the population has just 3 percent of the representation.