FACT: There is one thing that rigs an election more than gerrymandering. It is called "the line".
WHAT IS "THE LINE"?
A few county party organizations in New Jersey (both Democrat and Republican) have usurped the actual government-prepared ballot so that they can use it to advertise who their "official" candidates are. That's right. A few party bosses in a few counties are using the taxpayer-funded ballot to "instruct" the voters of their party on how to vote.
This doesn't happen anywhere else in America, and it happens in New Jersey only because the state's unelected courts have allowed it to happen. Of course, these are the same courts that have given us Abbott Districts (where all the money for education goes to a few counties controlled by urban political machines). Because of Abbott we have the highest property taxes in America.
If you want to know why you pay so much, look no further than "the line" which keeps the same corrupt party machines in power, selecting the same insider politicians, who make the judges who inhabit the courts. So if you are content with paying the highest property taxes in America, keep supporting the same party bosses and go on voting "the line."
Candidate John McCann has defended this misuse of the official ballot by political party bosses. He has done so even when the party boss is someone like Passaic County's Peter Murphy, who was convicted of public corruption and sent to prison.
Dec 5, 2000 - The chairman of the Passaic County Republican Party was indicted today on federal bribery and mail fraud charges in a continuing investigation of the Republican-dominated county government that has already resulted in guilty pleas by two other officials. ... For most of that time ...
Jul 16, 2015 - Former Passaic GOP chairman Peter Murphy of Totowa ultimately plead guilty to mail fraud back in 2003 after a lengthy prosecution and conviction (the ... involving dishonesty or moral turpitude or which constitutes a felony in either the State of New Jersey, Federal jurisdiction or equivalent of same in ...
Why would anyone in their right mind support someone like Peter Murphy? Isn't politics corrupt enough already?
Not only is "the line" an aberration used nowhere in America outside a few political machine controlled counties in New Jersey, it wouldn't pass muster in a Third World election overseen by the United Nations. "The line" -- the Murphy/ McCann endorsed vehicle for public corruption -- is arguably in violation of several United Nations General Assembly Resolutions, including A/RES/46/137 (1991), A/RES/55/96 (2001), as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR, 1966).
So while we send American service men and women far from home to make the world "safe for democracy," a few county politicians in New Jersey are laughing at them by corrupted the process and are making a mockery of the sacrifice of those young lives. They should be ashamed but corrupt party bosses like Passaic County's Peter Murphy are beyond shame. And candidate John McCann is right there with them.
President Donald Trump was criticized recently for employing the term "shithole" to describe some Third World nations. Well, as far as political processes go, there are quite a few "shithole" county party committees (both Democrat and Republican) who are making an effort to turn New Jersey into a political and economic "shithole."
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is running on a platform with corruption as its centerpiece. Can Hugin accept Peter Murphy's endorsement and run on Peter Murphy's slate, while making a serious argument against Senator Bob Menendez? After all, Murphy was convicted and sent to prison, Menendez was not.
Bob Hugin shouldn't take our word for it, he should ask his friend and ally, former Governor Chris Christie, about Peter Murphy. It was Christie who said of Murphy: "We are pleased with the end result here – that Mr. Murphy served a considerable amount of time in prison for crimes which he has finally acknowledged committing as Republican party chairman in Passaic County... For those crimes, Mr. Murphy has lost his prestige and power, nearly a year of freedom and now is a convicted felon."
Good luck playing this one down the middle, Mr. Hugin.