The Traitorous Twelve
A tally of 41 yes votes was needed for the governor's measure to pass in the Assembly. The final vote was 41-36. In the Senate, 21 votes were needed and the bill passed the upper chamber with exactly 21 votes.
Here’s the list of the Traitorous Twelve:
Voting Yes On School Spending and State Aid Bill
(Lame Ducks In Red & Assemblyman Moving to Senate in Blue)
Nicholas Asselta (LD 1)
Martha Bark (LD 8)
Joseph Palaia (LD 11)
Peter Inverso (LD 14)
Robert Martin (LD 25)
Robert Singer (LD 30)
Gerald Cardinale (LD 39)
Bill Baroni (LD 14)
Jennifer Beck (LD 12)
Francis Blee (LD 2)
Ronald Dancer (LD 30)
Joseph Malone (LD 30)
All of them are unworthy of calling themselves representatives of the people and Republicans.
Senators Nicholas Asselta, Joseph Palaia, Robert Martin and Gerald Cardinale nullified the no votes cast by both assemblymen in their legislative districts. Bill Baroni and Jennifer Beck leave the Assembly on this sour note to take up new jobs in the Senate. These people are beneath contempt.
Over time, we will discover why the Traitorous Twelve voted against the best interests of the people. Nicholas Asselta’s reason was exposed today:
Yesterday, hours after Asselta cast a pivotal vote to help Gov. Jon Corzine win approval for his $7.8 billion school funding proposal, the governor approved his BPU appointment.Defeated in his bid for reelection, Asselta sold out for a $125,000-a-year state Board of Public Utilities post.
These people have no shame.