April 10, 2010 Last year, the governor’s office got U2 and Bruce Springsteen seats the public couldn’t buy–at Giants Stadium and IZOD Center from July to October 2009 through the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, agency records show. At the same time the state was suing brokers over ticketing practices, according to documents showing 22 elected officials received special treatment. That doesn’t seem too kosher.
John Samerjan, a sports authority spokesman, said holding “house seats” for VIPs is “standard industry practice” and that the recipients pay face value for the tickets.
“They represent the state. We’re a public facility hosting major events in the state, and they are paying for the tickets,” said Samerjan. “We think that’s completely appropriate.” Let’s read that again: “We think that’s completely appropriate.”
However, some people don’t think it’s completely appropriate or kosher. One of those people is Paula Franzese, chairwoman of the state Ethics Commission , who says, “The means by which the tickets are secured has everything to do with undue access and using official position to secure an unfair advantage,”.
For the high standards Paula Franzese sets as chairwoman of the state Ethics Commission, she is our Mensch of the week. In the interest of complete disclosure, Paula Franzese was my Property law Professor at Seton Hall school of Law.
I am a strong supporter of unions in New Jersey, and I support the New Jersey Education Association. However, this week the following memo was sent out from the Bergen County Education Association to its locals “Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
No matter what you think of the politics of the governor, joking about his death is just not funny. Take it from me, I am the comedian and I know. Association president Joe Coppola said the “prayer” was a joke and was never meant to be made public. Say it ain’t so, Joe: It’s no joke.
For Mr.Coppola’s attempt at humor by wishing for the death of Gov. Christie, he is our Putz of the week. A Really big Putz of the week.