It is interesting to see how certain candidates act whilst campaigning. You have some that will attack their opponents based on years of their party domination and inability to make forward progress, leaving our county in dead last place (or in dead first of all the wrong categories) and claim that their policies would be better.They claim that fiscal responsibility and integrity can solve a lot of the county’s woes.
You have others that will claim that after years of being involved in the one-party domination, they are sick and tired of one person’s control of all policies, sick of his manipulation of peers (he doesn’t believe that he has any peers) and underlings. They preach integrity and inclusion, believing that together we can solve the county’s problems.
Then you have an entrenched minority, a despot that has no plan whatsoever than to continue what he has one for the past ten years, ensuring more of the same – high unemployment, a greater loss of jobs, highest in the state teen pregnancy, a lack of vision for the future cloaked as ‘fiscal frugality’ which left Cumberland County on the side of the road when the federal stimulus money was distributed…
If you are this loser, how do you fight back when your opponents are continually pointing out the lapses in ethics that have been the bane of your campaign? How do you answer the questions that confront you daily about the questionable personal loan from the local party, the pay-to-play antics stemming from massive donations to a personal slush fund, the proof that opos up daily about your flaunting the law and ignoring ordinances whenever you see fit?
If you are Lou Magazzu, you have your running mates or sitting freeholders attack people that are not even running for office. It is called distraction. Obfuscation. Smoke and mirrors.
Just as last year Louis Magazzu attacked a private citizen dragging his family and personal business into the fray to remove public scrutiny from his failed policies, you can expect the same this year. Real soon. Why? Nothing is sacred to Lou. I person’s family relationships are mere fodder for his campaigns of personal destruction. He will do anything to take people’s eyes off of the real issues.
Don’t be fooled. The real issues hit your wallet every day. The facts are:
- Cumberland County has the highest unemployment rate in the region, and it continues to climb
- Cumberland County has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state
- Cumberland County has one of the highest rates of children living on Welfare
- Cumberland County has more than doubled spending in the last decade, far outpacing inflation
- Cumberland County has virtually doubled your property taxes in the past 6 years
- Cumberland County cannot afford anymore 7-0 rule on the Freeholder Board.