Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Garden State greed
There is nothing subtle about the graft and corruption one can see on a daily basis in the Garden State, be it politicians on the take, behind-the-scenes power brokers manipulating politicians the way a puppet master makes marionette dance, or as this Op-Ed points out, the assault on private property rights otherwise known as Eminent Domain: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121850371670731857.html?mod=djemEditorialPage. Any homeowner ought to be scared by what the United States Supreme Court's horrible decision in the Kelo case. However, there is at least one Appellate Panel in the Garden State that has told a town "No more!" You can't just take private property if you think that it could be better used in another fashion. As the Appellate Division's decision was unanimous, there is no automatic right of appeal to the State Supreme Court, so this is now the law (unless the NJ Supreme Court decides that it wants to review the case).