I Didn’t Go To Middle Township High School To Get Arrested!

Comment from our friends at Liberty and Prosperity.org prompted my visit:

this post is re-printed from the L&P website

By Seth Grossman, Political Columnist

I DIDN’T GO TO MIDDLE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL TO GET ARRESTED.

I didn’t go to Middle Township High School last Saturday to get arrested – or to get on TV. I didn’t even go to protest. Our Liberty and Prosperity group went there to participate in Governor Jon Corzine’s “town meeting”.
Corzine publicly invited every citizen to study his “debt restructuring plan” and to suggest other plans if we didn’t like his. That is what we tried to do.
We prepared and printed detailed “Fact Sheets” and small cardboard signs that said “No Toll Hikes-Repudiate Unconstitutional Debt”. We wanted people at the meeting to know that Governor Corzine was not telling the truth, or giving all the facts. We wanted people to be informed when they spoke to the Governor.
For example, Corzine talks of a “$2.5 billion “structural deficit”. But he never mentions that the last three governors-McGreevey, Codey, and Corzine hiked the state budget from $21 billion to $33 billion in just the last six years! That’s 9.5% per year-three times the rate of inflation. Corzine can fix the problem just by rolling back those increases to the inflation rate.
We said Corzine is lying when he says the state has $113 billion in “long term obligations which result in large budget requirements.” (That is roughly $30 billion in Wall Street bonds, $25 billion of unfunded pension obligations, and $58 billion for free medical insurance for all retired government employees with 25 years.)
But our “Fact Sheets” pointed out that NJ taxpayers only owe $3 billion. That is less than 3% of what Corzine claims. NJ’s Supreme Court ruled that NJ taxpayers are not legally obligated to pay any debts or liabilities not approved by voters pursuant to our State Constitution. Why pay a penny more than what we legally owe?
Roughly $27 billion of NJ’s bonds are “junk” issued by dummy
corporations like the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The fine print says they are NOT backed by the full faith and credit of state taxpayers. Wall Street was well aware of the risk.
Corzine said at the meeting that the New Jersey Supreme Court approved this debt, and that we need a Constitutional Amendment to stop this in the future. But when the police released me, and let me enter the meeting (without signs or literature), I repeatedly told the Governor that this is not true. The Supreme Court only ruled that the junk bonds did not
require voter approval, because state taxpayers could not be forced to pay them. (This was the case brought by Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.)
Corzine admits it was wrong to hike government pension benefits by 9% in 2001, with no money to pay for them. Corzine agrees it was a mistake to give free medical insurance for retired government employees with more than 25 years of employment-again with no money set aside to pay for them. But our Fact Sheet pointed out that because this also violates our State Constitution, we don’t have to pay for these “mistakes”. They can be set aside now. And we mentioned that last year, Corzine blocked bi-partisan legislation that would have done much more to deal with the situation.
Our group attempted to display our signs, and hand out our “Fact Sheets” on the sidewalk by the parking lot, far from the doors of the auditorium. But more than a dozen police officers were there to stop us. They said we could not display our signs any closer than a quarter mile away. We had to leave the area unless we got rid of our signs and literature. Everyone else got rid of the signs and literature. I did not, and I was arrested. Before I was handcuffed, I said these words to the officers:
U.S. CONSTITUTION: FIRST AMENDMENT: “Congress shall make no law. . . abridging the freedom of speech. . . or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.” (Later applied to states by the 14th Amendment of 1866.)
NJ CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE I, SECTION 18: ” The people have the right freely to assemble, consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives, and to petition for redress of grievance.”
Governor Jon Corzine later denied causing my arrest. We shall soon see.

Here is a diagram of where Seth Grossman and Steve Lonegan were arrested.

(Thank you, Al Garrett, Liberty & Proserity’s Vice President, for creating this diagram.)

For more information, visit
www.libertyandprosperity.org or contact Somers Point attorney Seth Grossman at seth@dandy.net or 609-927-7333. Seth Grossman hosts a two-way talk radio program on 1020AM Mondays-Fridays from 3PM to 5PM, and breakfast discussion groups every Tuesday at 8AM at Bayshores II Restaurant, 710 Bay Avenue in Somers Point. Dinner Meeting
Monday, January 14 at 7PM at Athena Diner Northfield.

Seth Grossman, Executive Director,
www.libertyandprosperity.org,
453 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244.
Tel. 609-927-7333.

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5 Responses to “I Didn’t Go To Middle Township High School To Get Arrested!”

  1. nate Says:

    I WAS THERE,THE ORIGONAL POLICE OFFICER TOLD OUR GROUP WE HAVE TO MOVE TO ROAD<HE HAS HIS ORDERS,I ASKED WHO THE ORDERS CAME FROM,HE SAID “THE GOVERNORS STAFF”!!,50 to 60 STATE PLICE/MID TNSHP POLICE/SHERRIFFS OFFICERS/COMMAND TRUCK/AMBULANCE DIDNT GET THERE BY ITSELF.THE STATE POLICE/GOV OFFICE COORDINATED ORDERED THAT SHOW OF FORCE!!!
    THEY DENY IT.THE COCKY,HOLIER THAN THOU LYING BUSINESS ADMINISTARTOR WALTER LANDGRAF,HAD IT ALL WRONG.HE SAYS BOED IS PRIV PROPERTY!! SHAME ON HIM!!! THE TRUTH WILL BE IN THE DETAILS/VIDEO NATE/NORTHFIELD

  2. samantha Says:

    GOD BL3SS YOU FOR DOIN WAT U F3LT WAS RITE

  3. Take Back our State Says:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
    -Declaration of Independence July 4th 1776

    The NJ Government has become destructive in the forcing people to leave the state due to high taxes, excessive fees and denial of constitutional right to petition. Please keep your fight going and also visit our local NJ town site for recalls of our corrupt and financially incompetent politicians.

  4. RJ Says:

    MTHS is where I go to school. I think it’s BS that they got arrested.

  5. Jesse O. Kurtz Says:

    The fight to restore liberty and justice for all is only beginning. Join us this Sunday for Liberty and Prosperity’s inaugural fundraiser in Ventnor, NJ. Enjoy a wine and cheese event with special guest Steve Lonegan, who will be signing his book, “Putting Taxpayers First.”

    Call 609.927.7333 for more information.


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