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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:30 am

I believe that DA Czajka and Governor Christie of New Jersey have something in common. I feel they both utilize intimidation.

A classic example was recently reported in the Register-Star when its reporter captured the essence of Mr. Czajka’s persona when he wants something. Mr. Czajka requested from the Public Safety Committee the filling of a second social workers position in his office even though the county has been going through rough fiscal times. While such a request is important to crime victims, only two years ago Mr. Czajka terminated a Crime Victims Advocacy program that was substantially funded and sponsored by New York state. It was in existence since 1998 and served hundreds, if not thousands, of victims since that time. Even the state requested Mr. Czajka to renew the three-year grant. His refusal deprived hundreds of victims during that period of help that they rightfully needed. Since that time he requested from the Board of Supervisors and filled a social worker position for $70,000 per year plus benefits all at the county taxpayer’s expense. Now he is requesting a second social worker position, also to be substantially paid by county funds.

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