Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

NJPP Monday Minute 5/24/10: Stand Up rally brings record crowd to Trenton to protest budget cuts

In the largest rally ever seen in Trenton, 35,000 New Jerseyans from all walks of life came together last Saturday to protest Gov. Christie’s proposed budget cuts that will harm the state’s working families, children, seniors and schools.

The crowd was a diverse mix of community activists, union members, and even parents and children who cheered loudly when speakers criticized Christie’s plans, saying that the state’s most needy residents would suffer the most.

Over 100 community organizations endorsed the rally, among them faith-based organizations, environmental advocates, direct service providers, represents of Latino and African-American groups and children’s advocacy organizations. Community turnout for the rally was coordinated by Better Choices for New Jersey with a clear message to the governor and Legislature: stop the cuts and restore the tax on New Jersey’s highest income earners.

The Legislature last Thursday approved a bill to restore the income tax surcharge on those making $1 million or more. The Governor wasted little time vetoing it on the same night.

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Primary Challenger Avallone Responds To Scharfenberger, While Gerry Ducks From Debate

In yesterday’s Asbury Park Press, in an article about the Middletown Primary, Mr. Scharfenberger is quoted as saying that ” I have a lot to learn”. This is actually pretty funny, because for the past 2 weeks, I have written letters and called his office almost daily for a debate or a meet and greet.

To date, I have not had the decency of a return call. If I have “so much to learn” why is Mr. Scharfenberger afraid to debate me!

It’s probably because, I have a MBA; I have been a resident of Middletown for over 25 year’s; I have owned and managed a business for over 22 year’s; have had to meet a payroll every Friday for 22 year’s; have had to balance a budget for 22 year’s; and been an active member of the community and our church.

What have we had with Mr. Scharfenberger in charge; a municipal tax rate that has gone up 16% over the last three year’s.

And, he thinks “I have a lot to learn”.

There is still plenty of time left before the June 8th primary, and I challenge you Mr. Scharfenberger to a debate. In fact you can name the venue, you can pick the moderator, and you can select the questions. Just let me know where and when. I will be there, and this time I hope you show up!

Tony Avallone

Republican Candidate for Middletown Committee

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Filed under Asbury Park Press, debate, Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown Township Committee, Tony Avallone