Has Lou Magazzu destroyed the Cumberland County Democratic Party? Lou built the local party into a powerhouse that was unbeatable. Candidates switched parties in order to be on his side, such was his power. Money came pouring in from the Camden and Gloucester machines.
But I hear rumblings. I understand that Pepitone and Thompson were recently arguing with Lou. What is their beef? Perhaps it is that there is no money to run their campaigns? Are they blaming Lou for the dearth of contributions. I understand that people are reluctant to contribute to an organization led by a man that caused Stephen Sweeney tobe cited by ELEC for illegally giving to Lou’s failed NACo campaign.
Yes, NACo hangs darkly not only over Lou’s head, but has tainted the entire Cumberland County organization. It must be remembered that Pepitone, Thompson, Jannarone – all heartily supported Lou’s failed run.
Then there are the rumors of investigations. The State AG, the FBI… rumblings that they have been digging into Lou’s financial doings.
And there is the despicable press conference he organized for Jane Jannarone, where she attempted to capitalize on the misfortune of another for political gain. All words are that this has backfired, and she has been proven to be a liar in as far as the facts have been presented.
The unions are none too happy that Lou has continually rewarded contracts to Camden and North Jersey interests, at the expense of the unemployed workers in our own county. In fact, this discontent has run so deep that the New Jersey State PBA has endorsed the Republican candidates in an unprecedented move.
The PBA generally leans toward Democrat candidates. This year, the PBA has endorsed no freeholder cnadidates in the state whatsoever, except for Sam Fiocchi and Carl Kirstein. For the PBA to endorse a candidate, ALL police organizations have to vote. The vote has to be unanimous.
“(NJ State PBA President) Tony Wieners attended a Vineland City Council meeting when they were trying to come up with a budget fix with the city police officers – he had taken a special interest in the issue – and was highly impressed by what he heard Sam Fiocci saying at the time,” said Buglio.
“He was impressed with how he was defending public safety at a time when it seemed everyone wanted to cut back.”
According to Buglio, Wieners then began the process of a state-wide PBA endorsement, which included obtaining a consensus from New Jersey’s various local PBA chapters.
It seems that Lou’s egotism has destroyed the organization that he built, and milked for personal gain. Is he through with the CCDO? Has he accomplished his goal, personal gain, and will now cast the party aside the way he casts people aside after he has used them?