The Daily Journal ran an article today on the upcoming political race in the county. The article touches briefly on Bob Austino’s incompetence, re: a fully automatic tactical assault weapon was left in the middle of the street.
But the item I find most interesting is Doug Long blaming Chris Christie for Cumberland County’s economic situation. I am sorry Doug, but your candidates are not running for governor – Christie is NOT your opposition. This campaign tactic of misdirection is straight out of Lou Magazzu’s play book. Lou blamed George Bush for Cumberland County’s woes in prior elections. It is always somebody’s fault except the people that have run this county for thirty-plus years – the Cumberland County Democratic Organization.
Whether Cumberland is “at the top of the wrong lists,” like unemployment and teen pregnancy, isn’t in dispute. In fact, that’s been a catchphrase in county politics for at least a decade.
Long, though, says his party will do more than talk about it. “You’re either sitting on the sidelines and complaining about it or you are getting in the game,” he said.
Doug, your party has been sitting on the sidelines – at least as far as these issues are concerned – for three decades. Why only now, do you want to have a summit? And why exclude a good portion of Cumberland County residents – Republicans for instance? It is obvious that your party has failed considerably. Your only answer for the last decade has been to point the fingers at anybody and everybody that is not involved in the actual decisions affecting this county.
All I have seen have been considerable abuses under your party’s oversight. Time clock scandals, people being paid for not working, people taking trips in county vehicles, money that cannot be accounted for. Perhaps it is time for the people that have run this county for thirty years to be benched, and allow a new team to take over the ball court.