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Kearny in the news:

In the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, nine New Jersey public school districts hired a Caldwell firm to lobby for federal funding, congressional records show.

The Lakewood, Somerset Hills and Eatontown districts in Central Jersey and the Bloomfield, Northvale, Kearny, West New York, Nutley and River Dell districts in North Jersey hired Millennium Strategies LLC to get federal money for unspecified projects, according to records filed with the U.S. Senate.

At the time, the districts were bracing for cuts in state education aid in 2009 and 2010.

Millennium Strategies’ CEO and president is Ed Farmer, former chief of staff to Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Passaic.

The company’s website advertises expertise in getting grant money for governmental clients.

The company charged Lakewood school officials $8,000 and Bloomfield schools $7,500 last year, the documents show.

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Smart move. How else are these towns going to get any money. Their bond ratings are so low and bleak on repayment that Corzine's own Goldman Sachs won't give them a dime. Christie is not going to run amok one day and award any worthwhile state aid to these Democratic towns. Kearny or Harrison won't even get $100.00 next year so municipal services are going to be close to non-existant. Any lobbying efforts for aid will go towards hiring and raises for the priveged few. These towns have no plans to use the money for the good of the residents. They are doing this, in my opinion, for their last grab at some cash before retirements.

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