Letters to the Editor: Don’t Break Promise to Citizens

Letters to the Editor: Don’t Break Promise to Citizens
Source: The News of Cumberland County / November 30, 2010
To the Editor:

In the 2008 campaign for Cumberland County surrogate, Doug Rainear ran on a platform that he would not take the minimum salary paid to constitutional officers.

Surrogate Rainear voluntarily accepted an annual salary of $75,000. He felt due to the difficult economic conditions here in Cumberland County, it would be the right thing not to take a salary of over $100,000, even if it was the minimum salary set by New Jersey state statute. The citizens surely felt his pay cut was the right thing to do and he was elected.

At the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting of Nov. 24, Resolution 2010-764 was adopted. “Pursuant to P.L. 2001, Chapter 370 and N.J.S.A. 40A:9-76, the salary of both the Cumberland County Clerk and the Cumberland County Surrogate is hereby fixed at $107,250.00 effective January 1, 2010.

Did Surrogate Rainear have a change of heart? Is he going to receive an increase of $32,250 annually? Or will he give back the $32,250?

How many people are unemployed today in Cumberland County and how many more earn less than $32,250 annually? Are we out of the recession? Have the good times come back to Cumberland County? I don’t see people dancing joyfully in the streets.

I hope that Surrogate Rainear will continue to stay with his original promise and continue to receive $75,000 annually. I frown on anybody that breaks a promise, especially to the citizens of Cumberland County.

David M. Levin

To put Doug Rainear’s pay raise in perspective – when was the last time you received a $32,000 a year pay increase?

Cumberland County is the poorest county in New Jersey. The Median Household Income in the county is $50,833. Most families have more than one person working to meet this average, and to merely make ends meet. Yet this ONE MAN feels that he has no reason to speak to the taxpayers and explain just exactly why he lied and broke his ONLY campaign promise so that he can earn more money than the typical household of 2.7 members.

12.5% of the residents of Cumberland County love in poverty. Doug Rainear, living on the government dole, is not one of them!

Unemployment in Cumberland County tops 14%. 20% of those that are fortunate to be employed are public employees. The self-employed and private sector employees pay the salaries of the public employees.




10 Responses to Letters to the Editor: Don’t Break Promise to Citizens

  1. Guess-Who says:

    Mr Levin, Are Talking about this Promise that was made by the ENTIRE “Team Rainear” Himself & his Running Mates that were on the 2008 Ballot?
    (If U haven’t seen the video yet, take a L{.}{.}K at IT)

  2. Hang 'em High says:


    This was far from the first time Rainear did not live up to his promises.

    Before he ran for freeholder the first time, he assured the residents of Upper Deerfield Twp that if elected freeholder, he would step down from the Twp Committee. That never happened, and Rainear became one of the double dippers in NJ – holding 2 elected positions.

    When he was challenged for his seat on the Upper Deerfield Twp Committee, he promised to donate his salary as a Twp Committeeman to the fire companies and rescue squads of the township. That never happened either.

    So, does it come as any surprise that Rainear now breaks his word again as Surrogate? I think NOT.

    I will bet you something nice that Rainear has NO intention of seeking another term as Surrogate – He will bilk the system for every dollar he can squirrel away and laugh at us all the way to the bank.

    The man has no integrity – Never has – Never will.

  3. Packrat says:

    What’s ya gonna do? Art would of stuck the wad in his pocket from day one! He did’t get the renewal. Anyone know why? Was Doug the less of two evils for that office or what?

  4. Packrat says:

    Probably good for the office staff to comment as to morale under Art vs Doug and who’d they’d prefer. I would value their opinion as to the figure heads which collect the big bucks, but the staff runs the show!

  5. Hang 'em High says:

    Why don’t we wait to ask the office staff until AFTER one or more of them join the unemployment line thanks to Rainear’s money grab?

  6. Packrat says:

    The Republican’s want smaller government and so we are about to get it with the DMV cuts in Bridgeton. You can’t have it both ways!! It seems to me, the Republicans are the party that says government does not work and then they get elected and prove it. In Bridgeton go to the Salem DMV office. Don’t mess with Vineland. Government has to consolidate. School districts, over 600 in NJ have to consolidate. It’s high time. Yes, Obama has been good for business. Highest profits Q3 in corporate American and almost a double in the stock market on his watch. It’s still a jobless recovery and the fat cats enjoying the GWB tax cuts want to work the existing to 10 to 12 a day vs. a new hire. Go figure!

  7. Packrat says:

    So, who WILL take the Surrogate’s job for $75K a year? I will and am better qualified and I don’t need to hire an attorney at taxpayer’s extra expense for advice or opinion. No brag, just fact. Doug is in, has a few years yet to go, he wants a highest base for his NJ old age pension. He learned at that knees of the greed elderly GOP County Clerk. She collects full social security and adds to that the over six figures. He could never get re-elected, he knows this, wants a high base. He’s got the school teacher pension, he was freeholder, township committeeman. These people are money hounds and we should learn from them and get a lucrative gummint job!!

  8. Packrat says:

    If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’!!!

  9. JamesRSauro says:

    A lot of smoke screen being sent out. The issue. He promised the voters of Cumberland Co. he would take 75,000.00 if elected. He lied. He promised the savings would go to property tax relief. He lied. He stated that no one who is elected should make that amount of money. He lied. His running mates backed him and said the same thing. They lied. They are the issues. Nothing else. Some people don’t like to stay on the issues.

  10. Hang 'em High says:

    Anybody notice that once again, saving face has snapped Rainear’s head back?

    Typical of him. This is the SECOND time he has been caught with his grubby hands in the cookie jar and came up with an excuse.

    First time was when he was a freeholder and running for another term as Twp. Committeeman. When voters questioned the ethics of holding 2 elected positions, Rainear sluffed it off by offering to donate his committeeman’s salary to the fire companies. One doubts that he would have done so out of the goodness of his heart – It was done to buy off the voters.

    Now he decides that he won’t take the full salary. Doubt he would have done so had no one screamed bloody murder.

    This guy is amazing.

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