Should Van Embden Drop Out of the Race?

The News printed this letter today asking why Lauren Van Embden has gone over to the dark side.  Lauren is a bright, ambitious young lady, and if she stays in the area, she will no doubt go far in politics, perhaps beyond Cumberland County.  Maybe a start with Lou is better than no start at all, but we do agree that it seems as if Lou has shafted her on the Levoy deal.  Word has it that his promise to her for joining the ticket was support for the Levoy.  The progress of that project, which is essential for Millville, is due in great part to the very hard work of Lauren and her dad, Phil Van Embden.  Even if she loses to Gloria, she will be part of a lasting legacy to the city of Millville.

Here’s Jim Swift’s letter:

Van Embden should distance herself from Magazzu’s party

by The News of Cumberland County

Wednesday September 09, 2009, 2:10 PM

To the Editor:

Lauren Van Embden, it’s time to drop out of your bid for Cumberland County clerk.
As a political observer of local politics, I had to always wonder how an intelligent young lawyer from a Republican family could ever end up on a campaign ticket with a Lou Magazzu-led Democratic organization.

You and your father’s work on the preservation and restoration of the Levoy Theater has taken a project full of only dreams to be now within inches of reality.

There can be no doubt that the reopening of the Levoy Theater will be a legacy for which your family can be proud. Your dedication and commitment to this dream is more than admirable.

However, it is now apparent to anyone who carefully observes current events, that you are on a ticket with Mr. Magazzu, who is puppeteering the Cumberland County Improvement Authority to deny the Levoy necessary funds that are critically needed to get this long-awaited project completed.

He has done this by favoring the Landis Theater project over the Levoy Theater project in the competition for the CCIA’s financial backing. This can be clearly demonstrated by following the money trail.

Mr. Magazzu recently revealed his list of contributors to his ill-fated run to be the National Association of Counties’ second vice-president. Contributing to the $81,000 war chest is Landis Theatre Properties, LLC.

The connection smells of favoritism, and the Levoy is apparently suffering for not having the extra funds to help support Mr. Magazzu’s $20,000 junket to Nashville with Freeholders Bill Whelan, Nelson Thompson and Joe Pepitone, along with cronies Surrogate Doug Rainear and Sheriff Bob Austino.

Wow, what a time they must have had with a $16,000 Opryland Hotel bill, because that’s a lot of southern hospitality.

Ms. Van Embden, it’s time to pick the greater cause and distance yourself from Mr. Magazzu and vocally stand-up to the purchasing of political favoritism.

James Swift
Millville

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27 Responses to Should Van Embden Drop Out of the Race?

  1. Lobster Claws says:

    I have a general rule of thumb when it comes to considering political candidates. If I can’t trust you behind the wheel, I can’t trust your decision making as a politician.

    Regardless of the ticket she’s on, I think Lauren should run simply because I trust her not to run into a farmers market.

  2. Carl says:

    I agree with Jim on everything he said, other than I think Lauren does need to run and see this through. She is not a quitter! And, she is the ONLY person on that ticket that has an ounce of integrity.

    It is too bad it appears that Lou is screwing her and the Levoy project to help his Vineland friends. It is time that we have a freeholder board that considers the ENTIRE county, and not just perosnal interests.

    I giver her hell all the time on her choice of “friends” – and I use that term loosely.

  3. gorgon says:

    Maybe Gloria should drop out. Lauren will do the right thing by the people even if it is difficult. Is this a secret Republican plan? Replace Gloria with Lauren. Diabolical !!!!

  4. biggassbass says:

    She should stay in the race but Lou double-crossed her on the Levoy.

  5. tryagain says:

    Swift’s letter is laughable and certainly one of his worst moments. He seems to exhibit anger beyond belief. Perhaps pented up rage over last year’s loss? It certainly is not his “finest moment”!! It is NOTHING more than pure partisan and the type of ‘gutter politcs” his GOP party rails about but uses when it meeets their needs. He should be asamed by the tone of his letter and think his position as the Millville City Republican Chair has affected his ability for rational thought and certainly his decorum. Seems he is as bad . if not worse, than the very thing hwe insists he detests about partisan politics. The tone of this recent letter may have actually helped Magazzu as people see Swift for who he truly is. Maybe his step mother, Jennifer Swift who is running as a renegade Independent helped him right such a mean spirited letter. Shame on you Jim!! Most people thought more of you but looks like you have sunk to the gutter. Say hi to Greco while you’re there!

  6. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    She should stay in the race, but if she wins, she should take the entire salary.

  7. Nononanet says:

    Someone must be helping Lou with “Tryagain’s” blogs. Maybe it’s his youngest son. Whoever, the author doesn’t know when to use the correct word: “right” or “write.”

  8. Calhoun says:

    People should lay off Lauren. She is new to politics and may well have to learn the hard way regarding Magazzu (i.e., through personal experiences with him and his trickery). It’s annoying to have Swift bring up her family’s Republican traditions. Who cares? Shows me she is an independent thinker. While, I will admit that I am going to have a hard time voting for anyone on the Team Magazzu ticket, I think if we’re going to start criticizing people for their association with Magazzu, the first place to go is not Lauren. Look at the “unity” video over at the Team Magazzu website and listen to Quinn heap praise on Magazzu and criticize the independents for not running in the primary instead of the general election. Quinn has been in Magazzu corner since Day One and before that he was in Salmon’s corner. I could name others but if we’re going to criticize people for their affiliation with Lou we shouldn’t start with the newcomer.

  9. rockie722 says:

    Calhour,you are smart. Tell it like it is.

  10. millvillemagnus says:

    Magazzu’s hold on Quinn is his seat on the Cumberland County Utilities Authority, which provides health insurance that Quinn needs for his family. Seems to be a pattern — Lou buys loyalty.

  11. Calhoun says:

    Technically Quinn is not on the CCUA board. Rather, he is a staff person, serving as the Authority’s treasurer. In this position, he is paid $5,000 per year (not $4,000 like board members), besides the health insurance benefits, for attending the meetings. Doesn’t his Millville City Commissioner’s seat entitle him to health insurance? If so, then Lou’s hold on Quinn being the health insurance he gets from the CCUA position seems weak. Part time jobs in the private sector usually don’t come with health benefits. The same should apply to public sector jobs, especially plum patronage positions like those at CCUA. They’re perks for the politically connected plain and simple.

  12. Millville commissioners don’t get health insurance, to my knowledge.

  13. tryagain says:

    Swift getting pounded by everyone with his lateset idiotic letter to the editor. And rightfully so!!!! He single handedly has sunk politics to a new low in Cumberland by his indirect attack on Van Embden!! Must be horrible to be so tormented by a loss in last year’s election. He has become what he professes to hate in politics. You can almost hear the Millville Republicans beginning the chant, “bring back Carl Johnson”? Listen carefully. How about Vanaman for Millville City Republican Chair? Oh thats’ right Millvillee is non partisan! Yeah sure, now about that bridge you’re interested in buying.

  14. Calhoun says:

    Eyes, regarding your comment on Millville’s City Commissioner’s not being eligible for health coverage, here is what I have found. Title 17 (Treasury), Chapter Nine (Health Benefits) of New Jersey Administrative Code has the following regulation:

    Ҥ 17:9-4.5 Local; employee defined
    (a) For purposes of local coverage, “employee” shall mean an appointive or elected officer or full-time employee of the local employer, including an employee who is compensated on a fee basis as a convenient method of payment of wages or salary, but who is not a self-employed, independent contractor compensated in a like manner.”

    I am not a lawyer, but that sure sounds to me like elected local officials are entitled to health coverage. I know such officials are also in the pension system. Part time elected officials and those to whom they appoint to part time (sometime almost “no time”) positions getting full time health benefits and a pension is one of the largest scams in our state. Sadly, you don’t hear cries for change on the campaign trails for this because both the Rs and Ds when elected enjoy feeding from this slop trough. At the upcoming debates, someone should ask the freeholder candidates if any are willing to forego these benefits, if elected. I would be inclined to vote for anyone who said “yes.”

  15. tryagain says:

    Back to Swift! Just read online a letter from Republican stalwart Fran Reilley, looks like he has also taken Swift’s idiotic letter toi the editor to task. Is an apology coming from Swift to Van Embden? Who is going to be the next Millville City Republican City Chair? Could it be Independent Renegade Freeholder candidate Jennifer Swift (Jimmy’s step mom)? Makes some sense since she has obviously unofficially flipped political parties and certainly seems to be working for the Republicans!!

  16. “Freeholder candidate Jennifer Swift (Jimmy’s step mom)? Makes some sense since she has obviously unofficially flipped political parties and certainly seems to be working for the Republicans!!Freeholder candidate Jennifer Swift (Jimmy’s step mom)? Makes some sense since she has obviously unofficially flipped political parties and certainly seems to be working for the Republicans!!”

    You are an idiot and a liar! Go to the Daily Journal website, and you can read the comments. Jennifer makes her position crystal clear, as you very well know.This is a warning, I will begin deleting libelous and slanderous comments that have no merit if you do not begin behaving. That letter had nothing to do with Jennifer – so stick to the TOPIC! Why can’t you follow even one simple rule, Lou?

  17. gorgon says:

    tryagain Says:
    September 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    “Back to Swift! Just read online a letter from Republican stalwart Fran Reilley, looks like he has also taken Swift’s idiotic letter toi the editor to task. Is an apology coming from Swift to Van Embden? Who is going to be the next Millville City Republican City Chair? Could it be Independent Renegade Freeholder candidate Jennifer Swift (Jimmy’s step mom)? Makes some sense since she has obviously unofficially flipped political parties and certainly seems to be working for the Republicans!!”

    Are we talking about the same Fran Riley who was hired by Barse and Lampart(at the same time)? Wasn’t there a scandal or a “pay for play” allegation when the 4 corners contract was awarded? and is this the same Fran who now is backing Lou by bringing Lamparts Money to the table? and backing the Republican(oops) mayor of Vineland? Read that letter in the News. In the world according to Fran, small gifts of $500.00 are irrelevant. What did Hans pay Fran since the 4 corners project started? How much is Fran waiting for? Fran opens a can of worms.

  18. gorgon says:

    tryagain Says:
    September 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    “Back to Swift! Just read online a letter from Republican stalwart Fran Reilley, looks like he has also taken Swift’s idiotic letter toi the editor to task.”
    Are we talking about the same Fran Riley who was hired by Barse and Lampart(at the same time)? Wasn’t there a scandal or a “pay for play” allegation when the 4 corners contract was awarded? and is this the same Fran who now is backing Lou by bringing Lamparts Money to the table? and backing the Republican(oops) mayor of Vineland? Read that letter in the News. In the world according to Fran, small gifts of $500.00 are irrelevant. What did Hans pay Fran since the 4 corners project started? How much is Fran waiting for? Fran opens a can of worms.

  19. Curious says:

    Quinn is owned by Lou for more than just the CCUA job with pension and health benefits.Quinn has the contract to tape and play the freeholder meetings. Lou also lavishes campaign money on Quinns QBC for air time on radio and channel 2.
    Now Quinn is hopeing to get the public works job, now that his media empire is collapsing.
    Fran REilly is looking to get Steve Wymbs job. Yep. Lou is real loyal to his party. HA HA HA

  20. gorgon says:

    no shit ! Fran wants Wymbs job ? Now I’m starting to understand how the recent “adjustments” to the board of the CCIA will play into this. How convenient . Tell me more.

  21. rockie722 says:

    Tryagain, Why do you bash Christy,Peterson and Swift for wanting to run as Independents? They should have the right to run if they wish regardless of what party label they chose. As for being renegades….In every party you have people who don’t agree with the way a party is being run or a selection of canidates. In the past you have had many people switch parties,such as: Clair Miller,Don Rainear,Wade Sjogren Jim Forcinito and Bill Whelan, for their own reasons. I don’t remember anyone calling them renegades. They had the right of choice,regardless of their reason for switching parties. To me ,the Independent slate, didn’t ,”unofficially” flip, they have announced that they are officially running as Independents. I have seen a few of their advertisements and I do not see ordered and paid for by the Republicans. I think they really want to win with their independent slate, not work for the Republicans. If the Democratic Party is still the power in Cumberland County,as it always has been and spends the big bucks again this year, why worry about another team running against the machine?

  22. tryagain says:

    Don’t kid yourself the 3 Independents are smart enough to know they have ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF WINNING. Their SOLE and ONLY purpose is to GET Magazuu because they are angry for various reasons! Some because they weren’t appointed to positions and some high paying jobs like Peterson. Their motives for running are CERTAINLY not the desire toserve the citizens. Only Blind Woman would think that is why they are running as Independents. Guess I better be careful he will delete my posts AGAIN! Just read her comments above. Only a BLIND WOMAN aka Eyes would believ Jennifer’s and the renegade Independents professed reasons for running!! Guess she must believe EVERY political commercial on TV and in the papers. Still have the bridge for sale Blind Woman.

  23. tryagain says:

    Jim Swift, Millville RepublicanChair STILL should be ashamed of his letter attacking Lauren Van Embden. Be a man and apologize Jimmy!

  24. old time dem says:

    I remember when Gloria Noto was a dem too.

  25. rockie722 says:

    Thank you “old time dem” didn’t know about Gloria. I guess there are others missed, but i hope everyone got my point of view.

  26. tryagain says:

    Point still is JIMMY Swift should apologize publicly t Van Embden!!!!!! Maybe even the Republican party and their illustrious candidates should apologize for THEIR Millville City Chairman Jimmy Swift (stepson of Jenny Swift) for his off the wall and insulting comments to the bright, articulate, decent, kind and NEXT County Clerk Lauren Van Embden!!!! Come on Jimmy be a man!!!

  27. millvillemagnus says:

    Tryagain, you are sounding like a broken record that makes no sense. What exactly should Swift apologize for? He didn’t insult VanEmbden; he just suggested that she distance herself from Lou, which is probably good advice.

    Word has it that the latest machinations to save the Levoy involve a transfer of funds that were going to be used on the road near the Motorsports. Guarantee it Lou is going to step forward claiming he is the hero saving the Levoy. I believe this was predicted a while back — Lou creates a crisis and then steps in, press following, to proclaim himself as hero.

    What is disappointing is the support he gets from Jim Quinn in all of this. There has been speculation elsewhere on this blog as to how Lou has bought Quinn’s loyalty. It seems that is about the only way Lou can get support — by buying it.

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