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Freeholder Amy Mallet Is Asking for Your Vote Tuesday November 8 (Tomorrow)

Please vote on Tuesday! Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

I will never forget the oath I took when first elected three years ago. Difficult decisions are being made constantly, but my policies have always put People Before Politics. In the words of the Asbury Park Press where they endorsed my re-election bid for Freeholder, “Mallet has been the strongest voice for open government and fiscal restraint.”

My proud accomplishments include leading the charge in opening the Monmouth County Veterans Service Office, initiating the first major installation of solar power for County buildings, and the Wellness Discount Card for all residents of Monmouth County. I sent the library budget back because I would not accept tax increases to fatten up a reserve fund which resulted in saving taxpayers $6 million.

As the “watchdog” of the board, I’ve successfully fought for more transparency in government. While it has improved, there is still more work to do. What sets me apart is my commitment to serving all the people of Monmouth County. I am the only member of the present board who supports a healthy policy of term limits for members of our autonomous boards and commissions. I have stood up against costly cronyism and maintain a very high ethical standard. It is my hope that the people of Monmouth County will come out to support me in this year’s election since there is more work to be done.

On Tuesday, November 8, I ask you to cast your vote for Amy Mallet and my running mate, William Shea for Freeholder.

Sincerely,

Freeholder Amy Mallet

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Letter: Carol Fowler Has Learned How To Listen and Is Committed To Serving Middletown Residents

I believe that a person who serves a community as an elected member of a governing board must be able to listen to their constituents with patience and empathy. During 10 years of intense, often emotional, listening, Carol Fowler, candidate for the Middletown Township Committee, has learned that lesson well.

In her current work as Assistant Curator of the National Guard Militia Museum and Director of its Oral History program, Carol has recorded interviews with over 400 veterans who have shared their stories with her, often for the first time. Their tales are a mixture of humor, heroism, fear and wonder – unique personal accounts of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. These stories grew from Carol’s work developing the series, “Triumphant Spirit: America’s World War II Generation Speaks” produced for Brookdale College. Carol Fowler will always be remembered for capturing these stories that are treasured by family and friends and preserved in national archives.

Carol is as committed to serving Middletown residents with as much dedication and integrity as she has served our veterans. I hope every Middletown resident casts their vote for Carol Fowler. With Carol on the Committee, we will be heard once more!

Respectfully,
Marilyn Michaels
Red Bank

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Star Ledger’s Truth-o-Meter Says GOP Attack Ad Against Gopal In Assembly District 11 Race = Pants On Fire !

The Star Ledger broke out the Politifacts Truth-o-Meter and has chimed in on the controversial GOP attack ad against 11th District Assembly candidate Vin Gopal.

Politifacts has determined that the attack ad sent to thousands of residents in the the 11th district is a clear case of Pants-on-Fire deceit and called this dirty tactic to discredit their opponent “utter filth”

Here is what they had to say:

Dirty politics is nothing new in the art of campaigning, especially in the final days running up to an election.

But sometimes, those dirty tactics reach the point of utter filth.

Take the case of an attack ad by the New Jersey Republican State Committee against 11th District Assembly candidate Vin Gopal. Democrats Gopal and Kathleen Horgan are challenging Republican incumbents Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini for the seats to represent parts of Monmouth County.

“Corrupt Political Bosses. Money Laundering. Fraud. It’s Just Another Day At The Office For Vin Gopal,” reads a campaign mailer circulating in the district.

The ad shows a $100 bill hanging from a clothesline and features Star-Ledger headlines from articles about former Assemblyman Joseph Vas, who was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for stealing affordable housing funds when he was Perth Amboy’s mayor and for committing federal election fraud. From February to June 2006 — when he was a 20-year-old political science student — Gopal was a campaign manager for Vas during his primary campaign for congress. The ad also shows a washing machine with money inside and a statement below it that reads “To you, this might look like someone illegally laundering money … To Vin Gopal, it looks like Pay Day!”

The ad seems to imply that Gopal had a connection to Vas and his criminal activities, but does not accuse Gopal of any criminal act.

PolitiFact New Jersey found that readers of the ad could infer improprieties by Gopal, but there’s no proof that he did anything wrong.

One of the article headlines shown in the ad reads “Aide to former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas pleads guilty to money laundering.”

Gopal, a Long Branch resident and business owner, said what bothers him most about the ad “is the implying and lying that I was that aide.”

We pulled the Star-Ledger article and found that the aide in question was Raymond Geneske, who was a campaign adviser to Vas. Geneske was sentenced in January to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for participating in a scheme to funnel contributions to Vas’s congressional campaign. Gopal, who told us that he was never contacted by any law enforcement agency or official about Vas, is not mentioned in the article.

We checked further by running Gopal’s name through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records database covering federal courts and bankruptcies and found that he was never charged with a crime. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said it had never heard of Gopal and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Gopal had no connection to the Vas case.

“The (Republican) State Committee is not suggesting Mr. Gopal committed a crime,” Communications Director Rick Gorka said in an email. “Rather, it is suggesting that he had a front row seat for the corruption that plagues New Jersey’s political process. The fact is, Mr. Gopal, a career political operative, was the campaign manager of Vas for Congress, a campaign of a sitting State Legislator who was at the center of federal and state corruption investigations and charges. He was paid from Joe Vas’s campaign account.

“Indeed, as the campaign manager he was presumably responsible for expenditures from that account,” Gorka continued. “If he didn’t know where the money was coming from, he should have. In the past he has been proud of his association with that campaign, touting it in his bio when he was deputy campaign manager for the short-live Kucinich for President Campaign. Now he’s seeking to run away from it. The State Committee thinks the voters have a right to know about Vin Gopal’s connections to those sordid events.”

A “career political operative?”

Gopal, 26, became involved with the Vas campaign when he was a 20-year-old student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in political science and wanted to work on a campaign for class credit and to gain experience in politics. Gopal told us he applied to 20 campaigns and eventually went to work as a campaign manager for the Vas campaign. He had also worked on other campaigns. Vlad Gutman, campaign manager for the District 11 Democrats, said that although Gopal had the title of campaign manager with Vas, he managed no personnel and “was the most junior position” on staff.

“I would talk to the press briefly about events he (Vas) would do in a day, set up phones, work with volunteers, handle scheduling,” Gopal said of his responsibilities. “I never had anything to do with money, never saw money, never was at any fundraisers.”

Gopal said he learned about the case against Vas when he saw a newspaper article about it two years after leaving the campaign, and attributes the current spate of attack ads to what he called “desperation.”

“The things they’re doing are borderline slanderous,” Gopal said. “It’s unethical. They’re lying and misleading the public in every way possible to hide their failed actions in this district.”

Our ruling

The Republican state committee distributed an ad in the 11th Assembly District that links Gopal to Vas, a disgraced politician convicted of election fraud and other offenses. Gopal worked four months on Vas’ unsuccessful congressional campaign. Gopal dealt with scheduling, phone banks, volunteers and occasional media queries. Given that law enforcement and a public database all confirm that Gopal had no connection of any kind to the Vas criminal case, the implications made by the ad aren’t just ridiculous, they’re also outrageous. Some laundering is definitely needed because this claim is Pants on Fire!

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Colts Neck Candidate Rick Ambrosia’s Message To Voters

To the voters of Colts Neck

Well, the election is nearly upon us now…..

I need you to do two things on November 8th. First and foremost, vote NO on the referendum to have our Open Space Tax fund diverted to the Recreation Department. This is wrong on a number of levels, the least of which is that it would put more funds into the hands of not only the Township Committee to do with as they please, but also in the hands of the Recreation Director. That appointment still can’t pass the smell test. It was given to a former Mayor and Committeeman just because. He had no qualifications and no one else was ever vetted for the position. It was a plum patronage job, that I would suspect, was given to pad a pension. As I said last time, I think the taxpayers and the public would have been better served if we had reached out for resumes and picked the person that was the most qualified instead of the person that received this largesse because he had friends on the Township Committee. Shameful.

Not only that, but at the Township Committee meeting on October 12th, it was revealed that the Township Committee was already preparing to spend those tax funds on the turf from Giants Stadium. They are so confident that the referendum will pass, that they’re already thinking of ways to spend, spend, and spend the dollars that will come their way. So please, vote NO on giving your hard earned tax dollars to the Recreation Director.

The second thing I would like you to do…and there’s no surprise here, is to vote for me with a BULLET vote. There is nothing wrong with voting for only ONE person for Township Committee. This would certainly send a clear message to the elite few that we, as taxpayers, are not going to take it anymore. That they just expect you to vote in favor of diverting the open space funds should tell you where their loyalties lie. And, it’s certainly not with the people that have to pay for their folly. I want to be the eyes, ears and mouth for the regular guy that works hard and pays his taxes. We need someone on the Committee that will fight for us and not just go along to get along.

So, to recap, please VOTE NO on diverting our Open Space Funds to the Recreation Department and VOTE YES for Rick Ambrosia.

Thank you…and remember, you DO have a voice this election day. Go out and be heard and vote.

Rick Ambrosia
Democratic Candidate for Township Committee

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Patrick Short; The three most important issues facing the State and how he would address them

Former Middletown Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short is currently seeking election to one of the two NJ State Assembly seats up for grabs in this years 13th Legislative District race.
He was asked recently by Patch.Com and NJ Spotlight to submit his thoughts on a few issues effecting the State and what he would do to address them in the event that he was elected to the Assembly this coming Tuesday, Nov.8th.
Knowing that only portions of his answers would be addressed in the columns written, Mr. Short sent me the outline that he submitted to the other publications.
His answers are insightful and well thought out. If elected on Tuesday, Short would bring his business experience, commonsense reasoning and solutions to the State House in Trenton as well as his personal discipline and principles that he learned as a cadet while attending the US Military Academy at West Point.
Here is what he sent:


1. Restore Trust in Government (Leadership, Trust and Responsibility)

I am a West Point graduate and a retired military officer who dedicated 22 years serving our country. I understand what unselfish service is about; that is my character. As a Middletown Township Committeeman (2006-2009), I kept all of my campaign promises. I did what I said I would do. I made it clear through my actions that I was a public servant; whose’ purpose was to serve and not to take. I was the only elected official in the State of New Jersey, who did not take Health Benefits, and refused to enroll into the State Pension System. In my last year in office, I refused to take a salary and further illustrated that I had chosen to serve the people and not myself. I lead by example. I take responsibility and am accountable for my actions. And, I want to restore confidence and trust in today’s government. As an elected official, it is my duty to serve all the people not a select few. I don’t ask one’s party affiliation before I provide assistance. I believe in political independence. I am a doer, not a talker. I find a way to fix problems. That is what I do as a certified project manager managing multi-million dollar projects to cost, schedule, and customer’s expectation. I would ask the District 13 residents to “Hire” me” rather than “Elect me”. Think of it as if you want some work done on your house. You hire the best qualified individual to do that work. I would say, “Hire me to do the work you want done in Trenton. In the end, if you are not satisfied, then replace me”. Many of today’s politician’s have lost sight of how lead, to be responsible and to gain people’s trust. I ask to look past the “Scarlet D” I wear on my forehead and vote for the person not the party. See my character, knowing that I will do what I say I will do and represent District 13 residents truthfully and unselfishly.

2. It is about Creating Jobs. Let’s put New Jersey Back To Work


While everyone was focused on the budget this past year, it reminded me of a youth soccer game. Everyone chased the ball to the “Spending” side of the field while vacating the “Revenue” side of the field. Managing spending is extremely important in business, but managing spending will not keep a business in operation. Making money and generating revenue is what keeps a business in operation. My record shows that I understand the importance of managing spending, what is spent, why it is spent and how it is spent. I consistently voted to cut taxes and reduce spending and never voted in favor of a tax increase as a Middletown Committeeman. I regularly disapproved monthly expenditures that I felt were unnecessary and inappropriate. While I will continue to be a watchdog on spending, a significant part of my time will be used to bringing revenue into New Jersey to create jobs. Today, there are businesses that are spending money. The problem is they are not spending their money in New Jersey. We need an aggressive approach to capture those business opportunities. I am not talking about offering more tax credits. To me, those are secondary measures that are only offered when there is some assurance that the expected Return on Investment (ROI) will be met. What I am speaking about is an approach that is taken by corporate businesses that use Capture Managers to aggressively seek out and capture business to preserve and grow market share. We have not done enough to actively go after business opportunities to bring revenue into New Jersey. I want to expose Trenton to existing business opportunities , where money is already being spent, that can be captured and brought into New Jersey to stimulate economic development and job creation. Here are a few samples.

a. Department of Defense (DOD)-Research, Development, and Procurement Funding: The DOD spends billions of dollars each year on military approved technology programs and projects. This funding stream flows into the States that have military bases that sponsor these programs. While New Jersey has the military facilities available for this business, clearly, Maryland values the economic impact that these military installation make and they have made it a priority to capture the DOD business. Unlike New Jersey, Maryland has created a “how to manual” on how to foster a partnership between the State’s military installation and private sector, in order, to gain revenue and to create jobs. They have Capture Managers at the Local, State and Federal level that aggressively go after this business. As a result, Maryland is ranked 4th out of the 50 States when it comes to obtaining funding for DOD military programs and projects. New Jersey, on the other hand, is ranked 48th. Subsequently, unemployment around Maryland military facilities is 4% as compared to 9+% around New Jersey facilities. Note: In 2009, over $3.4B flowed through Fort Monmouth for these technology projects, $38M, of which, was for salaries which the surrounding communities significantly benefited from. New Jersey no longer has Fort Monmouth, ironically Maryland does. However, New Jersey still has the tri-bases of McGuire, Dix and Lakehurst and other installations. We must value these military bases and their ability to sponsor these technology programs and projects. DOD money is being spent and will continue to be spent on these approved projects. We need to adopt a “Why not New Jersey” mentality and aggressively capture more of this DOD market share.

b. Film and TV Productions: New York is a major player in the film and TV industrial market; New Jersey is not. Since January, 70 new movie and TV projects have gone into New York, pumping $1 billion into their State and Local economy. A total of 4,700 industry-related jobs are being created. Pat Swinney Kaufman, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development is New York’s “Capture Manager”. He has identified that this business is willing to spend money and he is aggressively going after a greater market share in this business sector. Again I ask, “Why not New Jersey”; an existing market that is going to spend money why not spend it in New Jersey. Important point, in many cases, tax credits need not be offered to gain this business. It is simply becoming a player; promoting what New Jersey has to offer and that we value their business.

c. High Tech industry and Job Creation: IBM, Intel, Global Foundries, TSMC and Samsung have committed to invest $4.4 billion over five years to create 2,500 permanent new jobs in New York to build next generations of computer chips. Officials credited the state government’s interest, cooperation between public and private sectors and an effective government working together on a coordinated economic strategy, to capture this business opportunity. “Why not New Jersey”. Where are our Capture Managers? If this market is available and these businesses are willing to spend their money, I want it done here in New Jersey. We have abundant facilities waiting to be filled and we have the high tech resources ready to be employed. Let’s find these business opportunities and get a larger piece of this market share.

d. Embrace the Federal initiative for Renewable Energy in support of NJ small businesses: If the Federal government has made it a goal to fund Renewable Energy projects, then our Capture Managers should aggressively capture business opportunities in this market for New Jersey. New Jersey small businesses are doing fairly well with solar products to expand solar technology. However, I want Capture Managers to aggressively promote more of what these small businesses have to offer; not only with solar technology but also with other Renewable Energy technology. For example, wind turbines are being installed throughout the United States but not with US manufactured wind turbines. “Why not New Jersey” if we have the leading technologist and manufacture of wind turbine products located in Toms River. I want New Jersey to own the solar panel and wind turbine market so these products can be manufactured here in New Jersey by New Jersey resources. Let’s go after the Renewable energy market and push New Jersey made products.

e. Repatriate foreign profit tied to US investment and job creation: American companies have more than a trillion dollars in profits that have been made overseas after foreign taxes have been paid but won’t bring the profit back to the US because the 35% US tax would be applied. Instead, they invest and hire abroad. However, these companies would return a huge portion of these profits to the US for investment, if it were taxed at a lower rate. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, recently stated that Cisco would not build a manufacturing facility in U.S. when one can be built in Ireland at the 17% tax rate. If we want to become a player in this market, which today we are not, then we must reduce the tax to gain more of a market share. The tax rate needs to be reduced at a flat rate or a sliding scale applied that is based on the amount that is invested and the total number of jobs created. Whatever the case, these companies are spending their profit but it is not being spent in the U.S. New Jersey Legislatures, at all levels, must advocate for change while Capture Managers reach out to these companies and promote New Jersey resources in order to capture this business after this change comes about.

f. Legalize gambling in all regions of the State: In business, you have to adapt to change or you will not remain in business. The gambling industry is changing and New Jersey is not adapting quickly enough to retain or grow shares in this market. The question is, “Do we want people to spend their money in New Jersey or do we want them to spend their money elsewhere”? The majority of voters in New York back legalize casino gambling in all regions of their state. A recent Zogby poll showed 64% of voters, in our neighboring State, think this would be good for the economy (Carl Camanile). New York Legislators have listened and are acting to legalize gambling in all regions of their State. Likewise, recent polls in New Jersey show a wide support of a constitutional amendment that would authorize the waging on sporting events at casinos and horse racetracks. It is time for our corporation, New Jersey, to adapt to this change and to change our business model so New Jersey can retain, if not gain, market share and its associated revenue stream that would otherwise be lost to our neighboring State.

g. Now is the time for Capital projects: Now is the time to invest in capital projects that would immediately put our trades back to work to fix our aging infrastructure of roads, rail, bridges, airports, tunnels and even school projects that have less start up time than many other projects. With 10 yr. Treasury bonds around 2% borrowing costs; there has never been a more opportune time to invest in these types of projects to put New Jersey back to work.

3. Property Tax Reform: Find a more equitable funding stream for schools and remove school tax from local property tax.
Currently, approximately 60% of one’s tax bill goes to school funding while the rest is divided between local municipal and county tax. The problem is, only people who own property pay this tax. I believe we can find a more equitable way to fund schools and lessen the burden that is currently being shouldered by only the homeowner. I would like to see if New Jersey can adapt a model that is currently being used in Michigan where school tax is funded on earned income from all residents and not just homeowners who own property. Not only would there be more contributors but it would be equitable since the amount paid would be based on one’s earned income rather than the value of the homeowner’s property. Michigan couples this approach with a sales tax that is dedicated to funding schools. The sales tax captures revenue from all residents, as well as, those traveling in and out of their state. In addition, the sales tax captures the undocumented income that is only seen when it is spent. Removing school tax from property tax and having it supplemented based on income and a dedicated sales tax would especially provide relief to those property owners with fixed incomes who struggle with property taxes increases and which often forces them to sell their property.
About:

Patrick Short is the owner of – Patrick Short Consulting Services-specializing in Project Management


MA – National Security-Strategic Planning & Decision-Making), Naval War College, Newport, RI
MS – Contract Acquisition Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne Fl
MA – Management and Human Relations, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
BS – Applied Sciences and Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point, NY
• Taught Economics at the College Level
• Recognized by the State of New Jersey for Community Services
• Chairman, “Nick Rowe Memorial ” Committee; Union Beach
• Deputy Director, Concerned Civic Associations of Middletown
• Vice President; Concern Citizens of Middletown
• Board of Governor’s-West Point Society of New Jersey

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11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, Speaks Out Against "Ugly" And Slanderous Campaign Mailer From Angelini Camp

11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, issued the an email (printed below) to friends and supporters this morning denouncing the ugly and unsubstantiated claims of his Republican opponent Mary Pat Angelini.
The Angelini campaign sent out an inflammatory and inaccurate campaign flyer to constituents after Gopal won the endorsement of the Asbury Park Press. The questionable campaign mailer insinuated that Gopal had been involved in money laundering and other corrupt activities while earning college credits, working as an intern, for former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, who pleaded guilty to and was convicted of numerous campaign fraud charges and lying to federal investigators.
To claim that a 20 year old college student, working on a campaign as an intern to earn credits towards graduation, is somehow tainted and corrupt himself is a new low and shows how desperate some are to hold onto power.

In this campaign I’ve only talked about real issues, not personal attacks. When I talk to voters, have interviews with members of the press, send out material I talk about my ideas for New Jersey and what’s happened to us these last four years. What happened is the largest property tax increase since 2007, as high as 23.5% in some parts of the state. What happened is an unemployment rate that exceeds Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. What happened is schools forced to end arts and foreign language programs while charging fees for extracurricular activities.

But my opponents are running an ugly campaign. They’re accusing me of being a party boss, of laundering money, of deep political corruption…for a job I had for college credit when I was 20 years old. That’s a desperate tactic—the incumbents are spending tens of thousands of special interest dollars trying to ruin me because they know that Monmouth County voters are ready for a real change.

I’m not upset that they’re attacking me. They wouldn’t be doing it if they weren’t worried. But this proves what I’ve been saying all along. My opponents are a part of a Trenton system more committed to reelection than protecting middle class families. They’re willing to poison the dialogue and destroy reputations if that means that they can hold on to their cushy jobs, funded by lobbyists and PACs who are interested only in their bottom line.

We need new people in Trenton. People like my running mates and I who are committed to incentivizing small businesses and restoring property tax rebates. Our campaign isn’t built on special interests, so we have no favors to pay back. We’re committed to the middle class because we are a part of it. That’s why our priorities will never change—because the policies that hurt regular people will injure us as well.

Can you help me push back against my opponents’ slander? Can you forward this email to every voter you know? We have just seven day left to get the word out that for the first time in a long time Monmouth County voters have the opportunity choose leaders committed to them.

With your help, we can make a real change for the better on November 8th.

Sincerely,

Vin Gopal

PS The incumbents are going to desperate lengths to destroy my reputation and our hope for change in Monmouth. We have to get the word out to stop them. Will you help me by forwarding this email to your friends, telling people about this election and signing up to volunteer?

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Letter: Derailed Fiscal Policy, Empty Promises, Unfulfilled Expectations in Middletown

The following letter also appears online today over at the Atlantic Highlands Herald. This letter, written by Middletown Democratic candidate for Township Committee, Jim Grenafege, is an expanded version of the letter that I posted earlier today and appears online over at the Asbury Park Press.

This version of Mr. Grenafege’s letter is much more hard hitting than what appears on the APP. Compare the two and let me know what you think, this newer version is much more hard hitting and has more specifics.

In his October 18, Atlantic Highlands Herald letter, “Real Solutions to Real Problems Needed to Put Middletown on Right Track”, Mayor Fiore admitted that Middletown government is derailed. I could not agree more.

True to form, he falsely blames years of excessive spending; unnecessary bonding; escalating taxation and debt, all cradled in Republican mismanagement, on the Middletown Democrats who somehow magically made elected Republicans spend our tax dollars. This is just more empty rhetoric to go with decades of empty promises, failure to openly communicate and thwarted taxpayer dreams: no flood control along the Bay Shore; no turf fields; a lake yet to be dredged; a $400 thousand master recreation plan gathering dust; high density housing zoned in Lincroft and planned development of open space at Bamm Hollow.

After Mr. Fiore strong-armed $500 thousand from library funds; took $350 thousand, for the second year in a row, from sewerage authority fees; used $1.3 million in public education funds; his so-called fiscal discipline required a 12% tax increase to cover $45 million of a $62 million budget. This lack of incumbent Republican fiscal discipline has Middletown looking at a projected $2 million shortfall for the 2012 Middletown budget.

Ask Mayor Fiore if he has a real solution. Past Republican practice points at raising taxes. During his term, he has contributed 22% to a 40% increase in taxes over the last five years. Past practice also points at adding to our $70 million in debt, which has increased 66% over the same five years.

Finally, at least $2.4 million of $4 million in “cuts” claimed by Mayor Fiore was onetime nonrecurring expenses that were never part of the 2011 budget.

In closing, Mr. Fiore notes that Middletown has been repeatedly named one of the Top 100 Places to Live by Money Magazine; but, Fiore fails to note that Middletown’s standing in the Magazine’s quality-of-life survey has eroded by 39% during the last four years.

Put a stop to over 30 years of poor fiscal policy and borrowing, empty promises and unfulfilled expectations. Please help our community get back on track: vote Grenafege and Fowler on November 8.

James Grenafege
Middletown Township Committee

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