Draft:The Taggart Affair

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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Please reduce the over-referencing. There's no need to have 5, 6, 7, 8 references to back up a single simple statement. You want to use just the one or two best sources, not WP:REFBOMB the article. References are good. Too many references just makes it difficult to read. -- RoySmith (talk) 18:41, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

The “Taggart Affair” (also known as the “Sears-Taggart Affair”) was a political patronage scandal which occurred in 1985 during the first term of the gubernatorial administration of New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean.[1]

About[edit]

Throughout most of the Twentieth Century, the policy in New Jersey was to award county political leaders franchises which permitted them to distribute drivers’ licenses to New Jersey citizens.[2][3] In 1985, then New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean announced a further plan whereby citizens would additionally be able to obtain photo driver’s licenses through Sears outlets.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] The Asbury Park Press uncovered that the real beneficiary of the Sears contract via a subcontract was William Taggart,[11] the owner of Taggart’s Driving School,[12] and a prominent Republican Party donor.[13][14][15][16][17] Ultimately, David T. Maloof, an investigative reporter for the television show New Jersey Nightly News,[18] uncovered that the plan violated the Code of Ethics of the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26] When this was brought to the Governor’s office’s attention, the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Clifford Snedeker, resigned.[27][28][29][30][31] This scandal became known as the “Taggart Affair.”[32] It led to the convening of a special session of the state legislature, an investigation by the State Commission of Investigation, and a criminal investigation.[33][34][35][36][37][38] New Jersey Network, via the reporting of Maloof and others, ultimately ran more than twenty related investigative reports covering the scandal and other problems at the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles, as did other news investigations.[39][40][41][42] It was later revealed that Price-Waterhouse had received a no-bid contract to computerize the DMV after donating to the Governor’s Ball.[43][44][45][46][47][48] In December 1985, Hendrix F.C. Niemann, NJN’s Executive Director, resigned after Governor Kean’s Chief of Staff strongly implied that he would be fired, a decision widely believed to reflect the Governor’s dissatisfaction with the network’s aggressive news coverage of his administration.[49][50][51][52] [53][54][55][56] However, Governor Kean ultimately abolished the decades-long system of using political patronage in New Jersey to award contracts to distribute driver’s licenses.[57][58]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Hearing before Assembly Bipartisan Leadership Committee" (PDF). www.njleg.state.nj.us. State of New Jersey. February 2, 2010. p. 75. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ Editorial (April 25, 1985). "The price of deception: Another reason for quick MV agency reform". www.newspapers.com. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  4. ^ Goodman, Jim (July 1985). "Photo Finish" (PDF). www.governors.rutgers.edu. The Trenton Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ Editorials (April 24, 1985). "Not Finished". The Trentonian.
  6. ^ Herrick, Frank; Rotholtz, Judy (May 2, 1985). "Snedeker Note Bared In Licensing Scandal: Kean's Staff Chief Got Memo Week Before Announcement" (Vol. 39, No. 240). The Trentonian. pp. 1, 32.
  7. ^ Conway, Chris (April 23, 1985). "Motor-vehicles director resigns amid allegations". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  8. ^ Press Staff Report (June 8, 1985). "Probers examine SCI data". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  9. ^ Davis, Chuck (August 30, 1985). "Grand Jury Opens Probe Of Photo License Snafu". The Trentonian.
  10. ^ Goodman, Jim (June 4, 1985). "SCI: AG helped coverup". The Trenton Times.
  11. ^ Editor (November 1989). "Tom Kean's Legacy: The Successes and The Failures of The Politics of Inclusion" (PDF). New Jersey Reporter. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. ^ Editor (April 23, 1985). "Motor Dept. Chief Quits in Jersey". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  13. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  14. ^ Conway, Chris (April 23, 1985). "Motor-vehicles director resigns amid allegations". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  15. ^ Press Staff Report (June 8, 1985). "Probers examine SCI data". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  16. ^ De Sando, Bob (April 23, 1985). "MV director's resignation follows license deal order". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  17. ^ Goodman, Jim (June 4, 1985). "SCI: AG helped coverup". The Trenton Times.
  18. ^ New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (June 3, 1985). "Report on the Division of Motor Vehicles Handling of the Sears-Taggart Photo License Proposal". State of New Jersey. p. 75.
  19. ^ Editorials (April 24, 1985). "Not Finished". The Trentonian.
  20. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  21. ^ Goodman, Jim (April 23, 1985). "DMV head quits over license flap". The Dispatch.
  22. ^ Conway, Chris (April 23, 1985). "Motor-vehicles director resigns amid allegations". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  23. ^ De Sando, Bob (April 23, 1985). "MV director's resignation follows license deal order". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  24. ^ Herrick, Frank (June 4, 1985). "Snedeker Forced Out in N.J. License Furor: Taggart-Sears Deal Falls by Wayside". The Trentonian.
  25. ^ Press Staff Report (June 8, 1985). "Probers examine SCI data". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  26. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. (June 4, 1985). "Jersey Aides Criticized On Photo-License Plan". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  27. ^ Fisher, Harvey (April 23, 1985). "Under fire, Snedeker resigning". The Record. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  28. ^ Editor (April 23, 1985). "Motor Dept. Chief Quits in Jersey". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  29. ^ De Sando, Bob (April 23, 1985). "MV director's resignation follows license deal order". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  30. ^ Office of the Governor (April 22, 1985). "News Release". State of New Jersey.
  31. ^ Goodman, Jim (June 4, 1985). "SCI: AG helped coverup". The Trenton Times.
  32. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  33. ^ Press Staff Report (June 8, 1985). "Probers examine SCI data". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  34. ^ Davis, Chuck (August 30, 1985). "Grand Jury Opens Probe Of Photo License Snafu". The Trentonian.
  35. ^ Goodman, Jim (June 4, 1985). "SCI: AG helped coverup". The Trenton Times.
  36. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. (June 4, 1985). "Jersey Aides Criticized On Photo-License Plan". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  37. ^ Office of the County Prosecutor (October 22, 1985). "Press Release". Mercer County, State of New Jersey.
  38. ^ Piserchia, Mike (April 16, 1985). "Assembly calls for photo license investigation: Senate approval would authorize SCI probe into contract award". The Star Ledger.
  39. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  40. ^ Editor (November 1989). "Tom Kean's Legacy: The Successes and The Failures of The Politics of Inclusion" (PDF). New Jersey Reporter. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  41. ^ New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (June 3, 1985). "Report on the Division of Motor Vehicles Handling of the Sears-Taggart Photo License Proposal". State of New Jersey. p. 75.
  42. ^ De Masters, Karen (August 26, 1986). "DMV computer scandal prompts 3 reform bills". The Asbury Park Press.
  43. ^ "Public Hearing before Assembly Bipartisan Leadership Committee" (PDF). www.njleg.state.nj.us. State of New Jersey. February 2, 2010. p. 79.
  44. ^ Editor (November 1989). "Tom Kean's Legacy: The Successes and The Failures of The Politics of Inclusion" (PDF). New Jersey Reporter. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  45. ^ New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (June 3, 1985). "Report on the Division of Motor Vehicles Handling of the Sears-Taggart Photo License Proposal". State of New Jersey.
  46. ^ De Masters, Karen (August 26, 1986). "DMV computer scandal prompts 3 reform bills". The Asbury Park Press.
  47. ^ De Sando, Bob (September 30, 1985). "A driving power in N.J. politics". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  48. ^ De Masters, Karen (October 4, 1985). "Panel votes to subpoena witness in computer probe". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  49. ^ Fisher, Harvey (December 11, 1985). "Kean accused of ordering N.J. Network chief fired". The Record. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  50. ^ Conway, Chris (December 11, 1985). "TV official: Firing threat is ignored". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  51. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. (December 13, 1985). "Jersey Public Broadcasting Chief Resigns, Charging Board Pressure". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  52. ^ From staff and wire reports (November 26, 1985). "Firing of NJN chief is likely next week, network official says". The Trenton Times.
  53. ^ Goodman, Jim (December 1, 1985). "Kean's bad show on NJTV". The Trenton Times.
  54. ^ Associated Press (December 13, 1985). "N.J. Network executive director quits". The Trenton Times.
  55. ^ Herrick, Frank (December 11, 1985). "Gov. Office Planned to Fire NJPTV Head: Memo – Reportedly 'Unhappy' With Coverage". The Trentonian.
  56. ^ Press State House Bureau (September 18, 1985). "State holds $1.4 million payment after computer registration fiasco". The Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  57. ^ Sinding, Rick (May 1985). "What's wrong is wrong". New Jersey Reporter.
  58. ^ Goodman, Jim (January 14, 986). "Kean to urge end to DMV patronage". The Trenton Times.