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Subject:  Demo-Union Complex frays in NJ Date:  10/3/2012  1:02 PM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  646743 of 876033

Scott Walker is busting unions again. Oh wait, it's not Scott Walker but the government of Camden, NJ, a city with nary a Republican. The New York Times reports that "in a desperate move to regain control" of the crime-plagued city, "officials are planning to disband the Police Department":

The reason, officials say, is that generous union contracts have made it financially impossible to keep enough officers on the street. So in November, Camden, which has already had substantial police layoffs, will begin terminating the remaining 273 officers and give control to a new county force. The move, officials say, will free up millions to hire a larger, nonunionized force of 400 officers to safeguard the city, which is also the nation's poorest...

Though the city is solidly Democratic, the plan to put the Police Department out of business has not prompted the wide public outcry seen in the union battles in Chicago, Ohio or Wisconsin, in part because many residents have come to resent a police force they see as incompetent, corrupt and doing little to make their streets safe.

Since Democrats are virtually unopposed in Camden, they can afford to eliminate the police union since they don't need their campaign contributions to remain in power. If the Dems had any real opposition, they'd be championing the union as the city goes to hell, just like they do everywhere else.

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