Freeholders elect and Sheppard speak up

Freeholders elect Kirstein and Fiocchi joined sitting freeholder Sheppard in speaking out against Lou Magazzu’s plan to thwart good and decent government.

Now that the election is over, and before the voter’s choices are seated in about a month, Cumberland County Democrats are moving forward on the veterans chapel in spite of the clear mandate from the voters for more fiscal responsibility.

One of the clear issues of this past year’s campaign for the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders was the issue of the building of the veterans chapel. While there was no dispute on the ideal of supporting and honoring the men and women who serve our country, this chapel became a symbol of what is wrong with the free-spending Democrats in charge of our county government.

Both freeholder-elects, Sam Fiocchi and Carl Kirstein, were publicly opposed to spending taxpayer money on a project such as this at the time when our county budget is in turmoil and the county is laying off 30-plus employees. The election-day ploy was to delay a vote on this project under the guise that some private enterprise was going to pay for it, when everyone knew that this was a smokescreen.

Now that voters have essentially killed this project by electing fiscal conservatives to the board,county Democrats are hoping to cram this$500,000 project through on Wednesday night, the day before Thanksgiving. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the county Administration Building, a time and place unfamiliar to those who may want to attend, in the hope that the voters will be too distracted with their holiday plans to attend. They also hope that voters’ memories will fade before next November.

County voters also should be aware that this is not just $500,000 today. They have already spent $67,000 to design and redesign this project, which now will have to be redesigned again at additional taxpayer cost. Moreover, the upkeep and maintenance on a building that is now not going to be occupied is the unseen cost for generations to come.

We want voters to take a minute out of their busy holiday schedules to take note of how your taxes are being spent, and we want voters to file in their memories until next November when 30 years of Democratic control of the freeholder board can be given back to those who value the public’s opinions and votes.

Freeholder Tom Sheppard

Sam Fiocchi

Carl Kirstein


Magazzu Watch is not a lone voice in the wilderness anymore. We have friends that will soon sit on the freeholder board, maintaining a watchful eye on Lou Magazzu and his merry band of losers. Hopefully the two intelligent Democrats on the board, Dunkins and Whelan, will grow a set of cojones, and do the right thing tomorrow evening. Nelson and Pepitone are lame duck, and I am sure can be expected to vote the way Lou tells them to. I can’t imagine either one having an original idea in their heads.


5 Responses to Freeholders elect and Sheppard speak up

  1. Jennifer Swift says:

    Article I, Section 3 of the NJ State Constitution says in part “…nor shall any person be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for building or repairing any church or churches, or places of worship…”
    By any definition, a chapel is a place of worship.

  2. Hang 'em High says:

    Jennifer – I hope this gets posted in all of the papers in the county.

    The Freeholders need to be held to the law.

    But then, why should they – Look who they keep naming as their “director.” And he feels that he is above the law.

  3. Calhoun says:

    I listened to a tape of tonight’s freeholder meeting and this clause from the state constitution was raised by a citizen. Magazzu stated that he hadn’t read the state constitution in awhile but that he had read the U.S. Constitution and that there was no problem with the proposed ordinance and the U.S. Constitution. Magazzu went on to state that if there were a constitutional problem that the county would have been sued by the AFL-CIO. I kid you not he said AFL-CIO (I played the tape back a few times to be sure)! Of course he meant (I hope) the ACLU.

    He went on to say that the U.S. Constitution trumps the state constitution. It doesn’t take a law degree to know that Lou must have slept through law school. Just because the U.S. Constitution places no explicit restriction on using taxpayer money to build a chapel doesn’t mean that a state constitution cannot do so.

    Not a peep out of Kavanagh tonight regarding the potential snag this project could have with the state’s constitution. I guess in order for the job to be a plum it can’t involve heady constitutional issues.

  4. Guess-Who says:

    You think the UNION (AFL-CIO) was on his MIND last night?

    How about the $.20 cents per Citizen per year to FUND the EXPENSE of the Chapel?

    That $.20cent FIGURE was Based on EVERY Citizen in Cumberland County paying yearly.

    Then IT was pointed out by a Citizen to the Freeholder[s] that the NUMBER would need to be Determined by the ACTUAL number of Property’s for a more REALISTIC Figure.

    This AMOUNT grew from the $.20cents at the beginning of the meeting and as the meeting was taking place,
    the last number Mentioned was $.80 cents Per Year for every Property Owner[s]in Cumberland County, NJ.

    How these Numbers were FIGURED before the Meeting is something that has the APPEARANCE of Mis-Leading the PUBLIC about the C0$T to MAINTAIN this Facility.

    The last portion of the Meeting was something to behold & when TEXTING by Freeholder[s](As the meeting was taking place) was RAISED during the Public Comment[s].

    It had a LASTING effect on the Majority of the Freeholder[s] as they ADDRESSED this Issue that had been brought to their ATTENTION.

    When the Word OPRA had been used about the CONTENT of the Texting that was taking place by the Freeholder[s] during the Meeting;
    Nobody on the Freeholder Board was TEXTING after-words & the EXCUSES were AMUSING to say the Least.

    It is starting to appear that the end is near for the Freeholder(Lou Magazzu) as Director of the Chosen Board of Freeholder.

    1-VOTE is the DIFFERENCE between 2 current Members that will decide WHO is going to LEAD this County known as Cumberland, NJ for the NEXT YEAR.

    CHECKS and BALANCE make the County a Better Place

  5. Lets hold a ralley or protest in front of the court house and call the tv and radio stations in a 100 mile radius.Don’t bother with our local newspapers they haven’t reported news in along time.I beleive they make up news.How do the rest of you tax payers feel about this one.Maybe we should invite the to come down and join us tax payers.

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