The Reminder newspaper published this letter from Lou on Wednesday, August 19. He defends himself on the NACogate charges, saying no public money was used to finance his run for NACo office. He also says he came back from his travels with good ideas for the county. He mentions the prescription card, the value of which we have previously questioned. He says his travels also gave him the ideas of making Cumberland County a federal Empowerment Zone and selling county property on the internet. We wonder if these were really all Lou’s idea or whether other parties were involved. Our sense is that Lou likes to take credit for everything, regardless of the size of his role.
Lou also takes a few swipes at the Independent Democrats. Word is that they are the ones that really have Lou riled up, not so much the Republicans.
Private Trips Reaped Huge Public Benefits For Our Countyby Louis N. Magazzu, Director, Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Jennifer (Lookabaugh) Swift served as a freeholder for 12 years; Bruce Peterson for almost 9 and Jane Christy for 6—combined total service of 27 years.
They felt they could not get the support of the Cumberland County Democratic organization for this election so they are running as independents.
I suspect to the great joy of the Cumberland County Republican leadership, especially Jennifer’s step son, Jim Swift, Millville Republican chairman who also ran for freeholder last year as a Republican.
Swift, Peterson and Christy have logged 27 combined years as freeholders. You would think they would want to brag about their performance.
Instead they choose to carp about my attendance at conferences of the N.J. Association of Counties and National Association of Counties in an effort to learn from others for the benefit Cumberland County residents.
Let me set the record straight. No public money was used for the literature, travel, housing or food for my recent campaign in Nashville to be NACo second vice president; none—period!
I funded that race just like the way both Swifts, Christy and Peterson funded their campaigns; from contributions from family, friends and supporters. I will report all expenditures and how funded in thirty days even though I am not legally required to do so.
I make no apologies for going to Detroit—where I came back with the idea of making Cumberland County a federal Empowerment Zone.
That application resulted in over $25 million in federal money, $225 million in private money and almost a thousand jobs in Cumberland County.
I also make no apologies for going to Richmond— where I came back with the idea to join the NACO prescription card program.
That card program has helped nearly 15,000 Cumberland County residents save 26 percent ($400,000) on their prescriptions.
I also make no apologies for going to Kansas City—where I came back with the idea of selling county surplus property on the internet rather than using a local auctioneer.
This has resulted in the county making more from what we sell at a fraction of what we used to pay.
Jennifer Swift, Bruce Peterson and Jane Christy never looked beyond the borders of Cumberland County to help our residents.
Maybe that is why after 27 years they have nothing better to talk about other than my travel.