Lou’s protectors and apologists at the News of Cumberland County fired one final volley of accolades, lamenting his premature departure from politics.
As for his legacy as a freeholder, Magazzu should be remembered for more than this scandal. He was a hard worker who represented Cumberland County with drive and enthusiasm. He did his homework and devoted an above-average amount of time to his freeholder duties.
Lou’s legacy – let’s sum it up. This past week Monmouth University released a survey that placed Cumberland County dead at the bottom in a quality of life survey – and that is what we, the residents say!
The county ranks highest on teen pregnancy, has the most children living on Welfare, highest level of poverty and unemployment – we top all of the wrong lists. Over a decade of leadership, and Lou has not made a dent in any of these numbers. Instead, we have seen Cumberland County businesses discriminated against in favor of Camden County businesses. We have seen political favoritism and nepotism. We have seen people attacked and verbally abused simply for asking questions at Freeholder meetings.
Yes, Lou Magazzu’s legacy will live on – but hopefully only in fading memories.