It has become an annual ritual.......not just Hoboken's LepreCon pub crawl and the drunken mayhem that takes place during the pre-St. Patrick's Day event, but the Westfield police department sending manpower and equipment to the Hudson County city at the expense of the Westfield taxpayers.
Westfield town councilman Frank Arena once tried to justify this waste of Westfield resources, and burden on the Westfield taxpayer, as a "shared service" agreement between Westfield and Hoboken.
There is no shared service agreement between Westfield and Hoboken that appears on the New Jersey League of Municipalities website........there isn't one.
Instead, disgraced former Westfield parking director John Morgan, who has been appointed by Mayor Skibitsky to be Westfield's delegate to the Union County Transportation Advisory Board, has allegedly been the liaison between Westfield and Hoboken. Morgan is now Hoboken's transportation and parking director. It seems as though backroom wheeling and dealing, handshakes, and questionable negotiations regarding the acquisition and usage of the mobile command center are commonplace within Skibitsky's administration.
Whether it's a street fair in another city, a trade show in another state, or any other non-emergency event outside Westfield's borders, Westfield taxpayers continue to finance the emergency mobile command centers usage, even when it leaves Westfield.
Just another waste of tax dollars by an administration that has no regrets when it comes to wasteful spending.
Westfield police department vehicles parked in Hoboken, NJ
Westfield Emergency Mobile Command Center