Lou Magazzu and company believe they have a right to feed off of the public trough, and yet not show up for meetings or fulfill their duties. Todd Edwards is a prime example, missing most of the CCUA meetings yet happily cashing his checkand accepting benefits worth upwards of $25,000 a year.
Freeholders Pepitone and Thompson follow solidly in Edward’s tracks. Fiocchi and Kirstein have attacked Thompson and Pepitone about their attendance, and both responded in due fashion by lying.
One attack avenue Republicans are taking is the incumbents’ attendance records at various committees, authorities and boards they are assigned to as part of their freeholder responsibilities.
Thompson and Pepitone both responded the attendance statistics are inaccurate.
The Daily Journal today investigated Nelson Thompson and Joe Pepitone’s attendance records, and both have come up short. Basically, they lied to the public by claiming to have attended meetings that didn’t, and they refused to fulfill their elected duties.
Republicans collected statistics for 2009 and through July 2010.
The statistics show Thompson did not register as present for the first seven monthly meetings of the Empowerment Zone this year. He did make all five meetings for Public Works Committee, which he chairs.
Pepitone is listed as not present at the past 16 county utility authority meetings and six of seven Cumberland County College trustees meetings. He was eight-for-12 attending South Jersey Economic Development District meetings.In response, Thompson and Pepitone contest the accuracy of the attendance statistics, tout their good attendance records at twice-monthly freeholder board meetings and argue that the true measure of effectiveness is job performance.
Right – job performance. So Nelson and Joe, with which aspect of your job do we begin? The highest teen pregnancy? Highest unemployment, getting higher, not lower? Doubling county spending under your watch? Doubling county taxes under your watch? Continually awarding contracts to the highest bidders? Sending our jobs to Camden county?
The fact is, it doesn’t matter how well, or bad you do your job. Is Joe claiming that he would pass a student that missed too many days of school? Is Nelson saying he would support painters that missed every other day at work?
Boys, both of you voluntarily ran for elected office. You signed up to sit on the various boards that comprise your job duties. I don’t think it is too much to ask that you at least make the minimal effort to at least show up once in a while!