Letter: Jackson Resident Feels Republican Team Best Choice for Township
The form of government in Jackson has been non-partisan since 2006. The reality is that candidates for local office need the endorsement and support of a major political party in order to win an election.
For our political system to be viable, it is important to have a strong two party system.
The diversity of opinions and of ideas is paramount to good government. This year the local Democrats have shown that their party is completely lacking members who have the ideas and the leadership ability to serve Jackson. Instead, they are supporting a disgruntledRepublican and an equally disgruntled former Town employee for Council.
The first candidate, Mrs. Bonnie Barrington, is a political novice who has no experience in Town government and who has no idea of the powers and duties of a Council member. The second candidate, Mr. Ray Cattonar, holds a Gold Medal in the Flip-Flop event. In the last few months he has been a small government Tea Party member, a Republican Club member who sought its endorsement for Council, the President of the Jackson Taxpayer Association but has not paid local property taxes for years. He sought the endorsement of the local Democratic Club and finally declared himself an Independent. His main ideas consist of having the Town declare bankruptcy and increasing the size of government by creating a new and expensive law department.
He ignores the fact that the 2012 budget increase is not only below the mandated 2% cap but below 1%. He ignores the fact that spending has been cut by $3.3 million over the past 4 years. He ignores the fact that the Town debt has been reduced by $2.1 million.
Fortunately, Ken Bressi, Barry Calogero and Rob Nixon are running for the 3 open seats on the Council. They have the endorsement and support of the Jackson Republican Club. They have, in the face of severely reduced State aid, helped to keep our municipal taxes as low as possible. Their combined leadership on the Zoning Board, Planning Board and Economic Development Committee has brought numerous commercial rateable developments to our Town.
It is absolutely important for each voter to look for the Jackson Township election section—Row I— on the long ballot on Nov. 6, 2012. It is imperative that your votes elect BRESSI, CALOGERO and NIXON to the Jackson Council.
Dr. Sheldon Hofstein,