>Just when you thought that the election of 2010 was behind us an interesting letter appeared in yesterdays Asbury Park Press.
The issue regarding Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger’s failing to mention his newly appointed job as director of New Jersey’s Office of Planning Advocacy when asked a direct question about his employment by a reporter during his re-election campaign is simple: He lied about his resume.
This is a significant offense. When anyone gets caught lying about his resume, severe repercussions almost always follow.
Why he lied, albeit through omission, is difficult to understand. After all, being appointed by the governor to such a position would seem to be a campaign plus.
By knowingly omitting this information, Scharfenberger exercised poor judgment. He must have been thinking only of himself, perhaps wrongly thinking he would be attacked for holding this job and therefore jeopardizing his re-election.
He certainly wasn’t doing Gov. Chris Christie any favors by not being entirely honest.
He has now become a liability for Christie. This kind of story doesn’t just fade away.
The Asbury Park Press may be right that Scharfenberger should resign from either the state job or as mayor.
Christie has demonstrated that he is on top of his administration, so it would not be surprising to read that he is discussing this with the mayor.
It is up to Middletown’s Township Committee to consider what it means for the township to be led by someone who put himself above all others (and then simply dismissed the issue as the story developed).