Front page of the Daily Journal today:
No one hates the quality of life in their hometown more than Cumberland County residents.
That’s the conclusion of a Monmouth University Poll released today that asked residents across the Garden State a variety of questions regarding how they feel about where they live.
But it’s Cumberland — one of the state’s poorest counties — where residents are most unhappy. Just 51 percent gave positive ratings to the quality of life in their hometown, and only 47 percent rated the state’s overall quality of life as good.
Over a decade of leadership under the iron fist of Lou Magazzu, and this is what we have to show for it. Not only do we top all of the wrong lists (highest teen pregnancy, lowest income, most children in poverty) but now this.
I thought that having a banker (Bill Whelan) on the Freeholder board would have had a positive yield. hand-picked by Magazzu, it is clear that Whelan is still beholden to Lou’s brand of politics. I hope Bill runs his bank better than he runs the county – or we are in for rough times.
Look at these statistics – we have no public transportation infrastructure to get to the jobs, jobs that we don’t have. We feel that Atlantic City is safer than our county! Our roads suck. And we have to leave the county for cultural activities.
Cumberland County needs new leadership – leaders who will inspire confidence. It truly does start from the top down. When our elected officials are so obviously serving only their own interests, it disheartens the public. When these same elected officials reject low bids in order to send our jobs out of the county, we have a right to despise the quality of life in the county.