New Jersey: Why we need a strict civil service law

Precisely to prevent this:

Christie appointed a few of the Port Authority’s highest earners, including Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, a former state senator who makes $291,000, and former Passaic Sheriff Jerry Speziale, Jr., who makes $198,000 as deputy director of public safety.

These are positions that, if they were needed at all, should have been open to the general public, where applicants would have submitted their professional resumes and, if called for at this high level of employment, taken some sort of examination.

Instead, as it is now, the most lucrative public jobs are a private fiefdom of the two political machines while tens of thousands of qualified New Jersey residents are unemployed.