My entire life I have been told that the Republicans are the party of the rich, the party of privilege, the party of money. I have been involved in the Republican Party in Cumberland County, and I must be missing something. In the News of Cumberland County today:
While the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission reported this week most county party organizations have less money in their war chests now because of the economic recession and new pay-to-play restrictions, that is not the case for Democrats in the state’s poorest county.
A report filed earlier this month by the Cumberland County Democratic Organization showed that the party raised $370,397.50 in monetary receipts in 2009, spending $363,497.83.
That is more than in 2003, which ELEC officials state was the “peak year” for expenditures by county committees – that year, Cumberland County Democrats spent $316,278.41.
Can you imagine the good this money could have done if it was spent on eliminating the cause of Cumberland County being the poorest county?
I must snicker, however. A while back Tim Shannon announced he was running for city commission. Lou Magazzu apparently misunderstood and assumed Tim was running for Freeholder. This scared the bejesus out of Lou, and he immediately texted Jim Quinn with instructions to tell Shannon that Lou had a “$500,000 war chest.” Seems like Lou stretched the truth a little on that one!