Posted on Thursday, Mar.
Democrats on Council Vote to Allow Trenton to Take Over
By Camden County Republican Committee
Democrats on Council Vote
Trenton to Take Over Gloucester Township
Dan Hutchison and Frank Schmidt, up for re-election
in 2009, vote to allow Trenton to take over
Gloucester Township due to Dems' roadblocking
millions from Nike base sale
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP -- At a recent Council meeting,
Democrats Dan Hutchison and Frank Schmidt made a colossal error of
judgment by casting a vote that would allow Trenton to take over
Gloucester Township and make one of New Jersey's largest municipalities a
ward of the dysfunctional state government.
The Democrats on Council, after years of mismanaging the township's
finances and raising taxes on middle class families, have now crossed the
point of no return: two of their members, up for re-election in 2009, have
cast a vote that could cause Gloucester Township to lose control of its
own finances and instead fall under the control of the Trenton regime.
The crisis point was reached after Democrats on Council roadblocked the
sale of the Nike missile base due to political concerns from Camden County
party boss George E. Norcross III. Because the Democrats on Council put
partisan politics before sound policy, they left the township with a
gaping multimillion-dollar budget hole.
"I don't get it," said Councilwoman Shelley Lovett, who watched the
proceedings with disbelief and dismay. "Trenton can't keep its own house
in order. Why would anyone, even the Democrats on Council, want Trenton to
take over Gloucester Township and remove our ability to govern ourselves?"
"The vote by Dan Hutchison and Frank Schmidt is simply inexplicable,"
Councilwoman Lovett concluded. "It is such an error of judgment on their
part, the worst kind of pure political maneuvering. Fortunately they are
both up for election this year, and voters will hold them accountable for
voting to give away our right to self-government and home rule to Trenton
Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton, who has worked with Councilwoman Lovett since her
election in 2006 to rein in the excesses of the Democrats on Council, is
similarly disappointed in Hutchison and Schmidt.
"Democrats and Republicans may not always agree on much, but here we are
all residents of Gloucester Township," Mayor Rau-Hatton said. "What Dan
Hutchison and Frank Schmidt did goes beyond politics and speaks to the
core of the issue. They simply do not have the best interests of our town
"They will stop at nothing in pursuit of self-promotion, even if it hurts
our town and our neighbors," Mayor Rau-Hatton added. "They ought to be
ashamed of what they did."
Link to original article.