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One day, perhaps when nobody was looking, Matt Damon took over for Joe DiVincenzo as Essex County Executive. Because when it comes to the "State of Essex County," Joe D summed it up in 4 words — "We Bought A Zoo!"
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo still has a list of things to do.
Foremost is raising the county's bond rating to AAA, DiVincenzo said tonight during his 10th annual State of the County address. But he also has plans to continue expanding Essex County Turtle Back Zoo.
Yeah, our Founding Fathers fought and died so government could tax the citizenry for zoos.
Maybe if he wasn't always borrowing money for boondoggles our bond rating would already be AAA.
"If we are not fiscally sound, nothing else matters," DiVincenzo told more than 300 party faithful.
Building a restaurant with county funds on county land for one of your political cronies? Yeah, that's the very definition of "fiscally sound."
And for his next trick? The biggest zoo expansion yet, with Chris Christie on board to boot.
Christie also accepted an award to head the 50th anniversary celebration of the county zoo as the event's chairman. This year, DiVincenzo will unveil a massive expansion of the zoo featuring a new sea lion exhibit, 1,600-gallon touch tank for sting rays and sharks and a brand new education center.
"This will be the largest addition in the history of the zoo," DiVincenzo said.
The next time someone says Chris Christie is a "conservative," ask him what conservative principle leads to spending $5.5 million tax dollars on sting ray exhibits. Or $4.8 million tax dollars on Safari Mini Golf.
And then please, tell me why it was imperative for Joe D to raise taxes. Again.
My guess? Those sea lions, sting rays, and sharks will all vote
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