2012 Jackson Day Filled With Dignitaries and Candidates
Jackson–Many of the area’s elected officials and candidates came out to meet with thousands of Jackson Township residents at the September 15th Jackson Day celebration. The all-day long event was full of fun, family events, food, entertainment and rides for the children.
For those with a keen eye, you could have even spotted about a dozen or so elected officials and candidates for upcoming elections.
JTOWN/Toms River Magazine had a booth and welcomed open discussion with all of this year’s candidates.
As we entered the field, we were greeted by Democratic congressional candidate Brian Froelich with pamphlets, but being that my hands were full as we were still getting ready early that morning, we had to decline. Mr Froelich never got back to our table to talk to us, but fellow Democrat, and candidate for Ocean County, Bob Armstrong did.
Armstrong spoke about his plan to reform the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and corrections at the Ocean County Jail. Armstrong was lively and passionate about his plans and we thank him for saying hello and taking the time to answer our questions.
Following Armstrong, we had a brief visit with Senator Joe Kyrillos, but nothing of any substance was discussed and we didn’t hear about his plans. The Senator took time with local residents, introducing himself, answering questions and stopped to take a picture with the crew from MONOC1 and Jackson Township Mayor Mike Reina.
Coming off the heels of his “Snookieville” proposed legislation, Assemblyman Ron Dancer spent lots of time talking to us about his newly introduced bill which he seems very passionate about. Dancer said the goal of the bill is to offer municipalities a legal footing should they choose to enact such ordinances, but doesn’t require any to do so. Dancer, of nearby Plumsted spent a good amount of time at Jackson Day meeting with local residents.
The political headliner at the event was Congressman Chris Smith. Smith, as the others, spent time mingling with business owners and greeting event goers. We did not get any one on one time with Mr. Smith.
Dancer was joined by the District 12 Republican team, which had swept the polls in 2011. Assemblyman Robert Clifton and Senator Sam Thompson rounded out the team.
There were no Ocean County Freeholders or freeholder candidates in attendance.
Locally, most of Jackson’s 2012 council candidates were in attendance including Republicans Barry Calogero and Council President Ken Bressi; Independent candidates Ray Cattonar and Bonnie Barrington were also on hand at the event.
We’d like to thank all of our elected officials, especially Jackson Mayor Mike Reina, Councilwoman Bobbie Rivere and Councilman Scott Martin for stopping by our table and talking about important issues in the town and county with us.