July 28, 2006

Justice – Jersey Style.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:55 pm

Zulima Farber.jpgBack in January, when Governor Corzine named Zulima Farber to the post of New Jersey’s Attorney General, Ms. Farber’s horrible driving record* became a subject of some discussion questioning the wisdom of naming her to be the chief law enforcement officer in the state. At that time, the Asbury Park Press opined that Ms. Farber was “grossly unqualified for the job.” The then-brand-new Governor was given the benefit of the doubt by most of the press and the public as well.

It only took about five months for things to go sideways when over the past Memorial Day weekend, Ms. Farber’s boyfriend, Hamlet Goore, was stopped by police at a seat-belt checkpoint and was found to be driving an unregistered van, and, according to the computer record available the police officer at the time of the stop, was driving while on the revoked list.** The officer summoned a tow truck to impound the vehicle, which is appropriate under the circumstances and is exactly what would happen to you or me.

However, if you happen to be the live-in boyfriend of the State Attorney General it doesn’t work out that way. While stopped, Mr. Goore called Ms. Farber, who shortly thereafter appeared on the scene in an official state-owned SUV driven by her official state chauffeur — a state police lieutenant. Witnesses report that the emergency lights on the state vehicle were flashing (although Ms. Farber disputes the part about the lights).

The chief law enforcement officer’s appearance at the scene with her state trooper driver in tow resulted in the tow truck being turned back, the arresting officer’s attempts to void two citations, and Mr. Goore’s being permitted to drive the vehicle to the house he shares with Ms. Farber. Link

Bad enough? No. It gets worse.

It seems that Mr. Goore, in fact, had paid the fine in 2005 to have his license reinstated, but there apparently was a screw up by the Motor Vehicle Commission in getting that information into the system. For regular peeps, that would mean a trip to a local Motor Vehicle Commission office get the mess sorted out.

However, if you happen to be the live-in boyfriend of the State Attorney General it doesn’t work out that way. Ms. Farber called her friend Angel Estrada, who is a Union County Freeholder and the Manager of the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s office in Elizabeth*** Mr. Estrada shepherded Mr. Goore through the process, which included making a phone call to the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Headquarters in Trenton and waiting on line with Mr. Estrada to get things properly sorted out. Link

Ms. Farber has apologized but refuses to resign, claiming (with a straight face) that she never sought any special treatment for her boyfriend.

Governor Corzine has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate all this, an exercise that will cost the New Jersey Taxpayers approximately $75,000 per month.

And the farookin’ beat goes on.

* Ms. Farber had 12 speeding tickets, one accident ticket, four bench warrants issued for her arrest for failure to appear in court, and three license suspensions. Link

** Mr. Goore’s driving record is also nothing to write home about, his license having been suspended ten times for various offenses, including excessive parking tickets and driving without insurance (mandatory license suspension in Jersey). Link

*** Yes, you read that right. Mr. Estrada is a Union County Freeholder AND the Manager of a State Motor Vehicle Office. This is, after all, New Jersey.

8 Comments »

  1. I got pulled over one nite for a brake light being out. Same mistake had been made with my liscense. I was arrested. Had to wake up a friend to come and get me. Had to take a day off work to get all the proper paperwork. Had to take a cab to get that done. Had to take a day off work to go to court to PROVE THEIR mistake. Got an apology from the judge but still…..

    Man, I need to get “connected”.

    Comment by Tammi — July 29, 2006 @ 9:27 am

  2. How many oaths has this woman solemnly taken during her career, I wonder.

    Comment by dogette — July 29, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  3. I’m certain that when she is not doing favors for friends she is aggresively ferreting out corruption in the state. I’m also certain that pigs can fly.

    Comment by Jim — July 29, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  4. Funny isn’t it? Farber helps her boyfriend fix a ticket or two and it’s front page headline news – a special prosecutor is appointed. There are calls for her resignation. She never should have been appointed or confirmed to the top law enforcement officer position in the state from the get-go.

    Farber has a background as a political hack and was the Public Advocate under Governors Florio and Whitman. “Fixing” people’s problems with the law and siding with criminals is all she knows how to do and has ever done.

    When Farber explained citizens did not have a right to defend themselves inside their homes with deadly force, people yawned. When the AG rallied with illegal aliens back in April, telling the crowd and the media illegal aliens had a right to live in affordable housing and that they should not be treated as criminals, no problem.

    Fixing her boyfriend’s tickets is the least of our worries with this unqualified woman. Funny though isn’t it, that it may well be her downfall.

    Comment by Enlighten-NewJersey — July 29, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

  5. In the pic, she looks like she had a rough night with a bottle of Night Train. And the dudes behind her, with the badges on the lapels of the jackets, and the high-crowned hats with all the scrambled eggs?

    Not make any invidious comparisons, but I’ve seen stuff like that in old black & white photos from the 1930′s and 1940′s. In Europe.

    Comment by Old Wierd Ward — July 30, 2006 @ 9:22 am

  6. Here comes Mr Broken Record, to state that, as a born ‘n’ bred Chicagoan, he never woulda thought that things could ever be more corrupt in his adopted home of NJ. Boy, Howdy, is he ever wrong. Again. Even my Chi- Town Daley Crony friends were impressed with the audacity of the AG. And their town spawned Farrakhan, Jackson, and, well, Daley(s).

    Comment by N5 — July 31, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

  7. She was only place there , to make thinkgs easier for the Big corruption in NJ ,
    and to Jim yes Pigs in NJ can fly lmao
    but hey by end of year 99 percent of them wont have the miracles wings to fly any more lol

    Comment by Jacqueline — August 30, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

  8. Can’t Drive 55? Do as I say – not as I do.

    Danny S – RLRA
    Real Live Recovered Alcoholic
    http://recoveredalcoholic.blogspot.com

    Comment by Danny Schwarzhoff - RLRA — August 5, 2008 @ 11:32 am

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