In today’s Ben:
Lou bows out.
“I am delighted on the election Tuesday night of Bob Balicki and Doug Long as co-chairs of the Cumberland County Democratic Organization.
“Both have the support and respect of the entire leadership and the rank and file of the organization.
“Bob has worked in numerous campaigns and has served exceptionally well as the Millville Democratic chairman.
“Doug impressed everyone in last year’s election with his fundraising skill and political acumen.
“Upon my election as president of the National Democratic County Officials (NDCO), it became clear that I would not have the time to be a full time county chairman.
“I began discussions with my state legislative team and my county colleagues on a replacement.
“Longtime county vice chair Nancy Sungenis did not wish to serve as chair, but has agreed to continue her excellent service as vice chair.
“Over the last few weeks, both Bob and Doug’s names came up as obvious successors in my discussions with the leadership.
“At some point it became clear that the best solution was to amend the bylaws to allow them to serve together as co-chairs.
“I have agreed to continue to serve the county organization, this time as the finance chairman.
“Since being elected president of the NDCO in March, I have been given unprecedented opportunities to meet with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Democratic Governor’s Association Chair Governor Martin O’Malley.
“I will now be able to devote an even greater amount of time to the presidency of the NDCO. This will allow me to advocate at a national level for the people of Cumberland county and New Jersey.
“I am proud of the record we have accomplished in the nine years I have served as county chairman.
“Working together, we have changed the entire legislative teams of the First and Third Districts from Republicans to Democrats, retaken two of the three constitutional officer positions and consistently maintained control of the freeholder board.
“I am confident that we will continue to have success this year under Bob and Doug.
“I am grateful that they are assuming this responsibility to allow me to take advantage of the honor given to me by Democratic county officials nationally.
“I am also grateful with the demonstration of support which I received this evening from the Democratic Executive Committee and my fellow elected officials.’’
— Lou Magazzu
A good reporter will find out who cast the one negative vote.
It went down 44-1, which was the average odds of the Triple Crown winners this year.
Said Magazzu, when asked if it were Jane Christy, “Also was not my mother.’’
(For the record – Pab Sungenis was the sole dissenting vote. He asserts that with the appointment of Long as co-chair, Cumberland County is now firmly in the hands of the Camden Norcross Machine.)
Now, as you know, Balicki is warden at the county jail.
Suppose a wayward Democrat winds up incarcerated.
Is that conflict of interest?
And if a Republican happens to step out of line, will the chant be, “Send him to Bob!’’
I have high hopes for Balicki, he has proven to be a friend. But he too is beholden to Sweeney and Norcross. Cumberland County is NOT Camden or Gloucester – and I would hope for clean campaigns that stick to issues and distance themselves from the slandrous mud-slinging that Lou Magazzu was responsible for bringing into county politics. Offer up solid, honest candidates such as Musso, and then regardless of which party is in control we all will benefit. Word is Lou did not want Musso.