NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer and the NJEA PAC endorsed Springfield Mayor David Barnett (D) for NJ Assembly LD21 last month according to the Springfield Democratic Party Facebook page.
According to the Facebook posting, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released a statement saying "NJEA is proud to endorse David Barnett and Jill Anne LaZare for Assembly in LD 21. Their enthusiasm, professional experience, and commitment to public education will make them a valuable addition to the NJ Legislature."
Barnett’s profession experience includes being charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission according to government documents for aiding and abetting an accounting fraud at TheStreet, Inc. (formerly known as TheStreet.com, Inc.) in 2008 by engaging in fraudulent transactions at a former subsidiary of the company.
Barnett and Lazare is also two of 54 candidates endorsed by the NJEA PAC. Oddly enough all the NJEA PAC endorsed candidates are Democrats. My educated guess is the NJEA cares more about party politics than candidate qualifications.
Shortly after being elected to the Springfield Township Committee along with his running Margaret Bandrowski it was reported in nj.com that Barnett had been under investigation since 2008 and never disclosed this to Springfield voters.
Barnett also never admitted or denied guilt, but agreed to pay a $130,000 fine for the 11 violations of the Exchange Act and he also agreed not to serve as an officer or director of a public company for 10 years. Too bad this didn’t apply to public office as well, maybe this why he chose not run for re-election in Springfield this year.
Now, Barnett replaces Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen (D), also of Springfield and former Springfield Township Attorney, as the Democrats throw away candidate for the Assembly from LD21. Bergen ran for the NJ Assembly in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 losing each time by roughly 10,000 votes.
Marc A. Krauss
Major (R), U.S Army