The five term Democrat councilman who ran for Monmouth County Clerk last year against Christine Giordano Hanlon is responsible for the day to day operations of the office when the director is not at work, according to his Linkedin profile. The office is charged with ensuring “adherence with all municipal ordinances, administrative codes and state statutes relating to tax abated development projects in Jersey City. The Compliance Office, reporting directly to the Business Administrator, is responsible for documenting all non-compliance issues and violations of the Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Project Employment and Contracting Agreements (PECAs).” Kane recommends to the director any and all actions to be taken as a result of non-compliance in a specified project.
Prior to joining the Fulop administration, Kane was the Vice President of Operations for a Freehold based janitorial company owned by his parents.
Kane was one of 11 people to apply for the job, according to published reports. His hiring has caused some controversy in Jersey City because Fulop has been hiring several out of city Democrats for patronage jobs. Jersey City Councilman Rich Boggiano told the Jersey Journal that Kane’s hire, along with those of an Edison councilman and a Bergen County Freeholder are part of Fulop’s effort to build support for his expected gubernatorial bid next year. Boggiano wants Fulop to hire Jersey City residents. Fulop has been a frequent visitor to Monmouth County this year, spending more time here than Governor Christie spent in Iowa.
Kane earns $8,348 as a councilman in Freehold, according to DataUniverse. On May 1 he will celebrate his 12th anniversary in the Public Employees Retirement System for his service and a councilman. This new job will be a big boost to his government pension.
Former Governor Jim McGreevey was the director of the Jersey City Office of Compliance for four months prior to starting to collect his state pension.
In past campaigns, Monmouth Democrats have made an issue of patronage appointments. Jeff Cantor and Vinnie Solomeno are grateful that the criticism was empty and they’re hopeful that jobs in a Fulop gubernatorial administration pay more than $65K.