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"Dishonest Kate" Matteson gets confused at debate

At Tuesday night's highly choreographed debate in Ogdensburg, Democrats Kate Matteson & Gina Trish followed the script provided them by their handlers from the office of Democrat Assemblyman Tim Eustace.  But at times, Kate & Gina -- affectionately known as the "ANTIFA twins" because of their involvement in those pro-Sanctuary State/ pro-Muslim/ illegal immigration/ anti-Trump rallies held on Newton Green -- appeared to make statements that belied a lack of historical knowledge of the recent political history of New Jersey.

For instance, Matteson made the statement that "only a decade ago, Sussex County was  booming" and then attempted to blame the lack of it today on the Republicans in the Legislature.  In fact (and as anyone with even the slightest knowledge would know) Sussex County's current economic difficulties are the result of the Highlands Act, which was pushed through against the objections of the county and its property owners by Democrat Governor Jim McGreevey.


The Highlands Act was major Democrat Party legislation that created a regulatory nightmare for the people who reside on 859,000 acres in Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, and Passaic Counties.  This Democrat legislation took away the property rights of thousands of people and made the government their masters.  The late Senator Bob Littell fought to get exemptions for certain towns within the Highlands Region, and Jim McGreevey acknowledged this in his book covering his time as Governor. 


Since being signed into law on August 10, 2004, by Democrat Governor Jim McGreevey, the Highlands Act has been responsible for suppressing the economy of Sussex County.  Economists agree that because of the regulatory hurdles imposed by state legislation like the Highlands Act, it took New Jersey longer to recover from the Great Recession than neighboring states.  According to the Pew Charitable Trust, New Jersey lagged behind most states (and all of its neighbors) in economic growth since the Great Recession.  One reason for that is the fact that its largest undeveloped land mass has been locked-up and quarantined to economic growth and job creation.


And let's be clear:  The Democrats did that.  Kate & Gina's political party. 


At Tuesday's debate, "Dishonest Kate" Matteson said that Sussex County needed to be more "inviting to business."  That's true, but you  will first have to get rid of all the disinviting regulations passed and put into place by her party -- the Democrat Party.  Because of Democrats like ANTIFA twins Kate & Gina, the Tax Foundation rates New Jersey as the worst state in America for its business climate.


So don't let the ANTIFA twins fool you with their talk of "growth" and "jobs". 


They support the destructive Highlands Act.  The only "growth" they are looking for is bigger government and more regulation of our lives -- our businesses, what we eat, what we say, and how we think.  The only "jobs" they want are more political patronage jobs for their buddies.  More government jobs -- less free market.


Nathan Orr gets lost, shows up at wrong debate

Nathan Orr and David Atwood are two young guys running for the State Legislature in District 24.  Well apparently their GPS wasn't working and these two young Moes ended up at the legislative candidate's debate in District 26. 


Once there, they wanted to speak anyway.  And we all know how a millennial can be when it wants its way.  They cried and acted out until they were allowed to speak.  But once started, the debate moderators couldn't shut them up and they held the floor for nearly twenty minutes.  Rude.


Their hosts finally got them to shut up and sit down, but not before they announced which one of the actual candidates in District 26 they preferred.  Of course, it was another millennial.  This one...


Lawyer seeks $162,000 from Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon

Morris County Freeholder William “Hank” Lyon has been accused of owing his former lawyer $162,000 in unpaid legal bills while Lyon also is battling with the state over alleged campaign violations.


“What a worm,”  said attorney Sean Connelly about his former client, Lyon. “We never expected to be in this position. We won precisely how we said we would win.”


Lyon, a Montville resident, did not return several calls for comment and an email to his freeholder address.


Connelly and the law firm of Barry, McTiernan and Wedinger of Edison represented Lyon during a nine-month court battle that ended up with Lyon winning the freeholder seat.


Lyon had won the 2011 Republican primary by four votes over Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom of Washington Township.  Nordstrom sued and won, gaining her seat back.


Lyon appealed the ruling and a state appeals court ruled in his favor in February 2012 and removed Nordstrom from the position. Lyon later won the freeholder post at a special election in November 2012.


Connelly said that after Lyon refused mediation and other offers to settle, the firm finally filed the suit  on June 13 in Superior Court in Middlesex County against Lyon and his father, Robert A. Lyon, both of Montville, and their organization, “Lyon for Conservative Freeholder.” Connelly said Lyon has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit.


Connelly said that before the court action, he had told Lyon that the lawsuit would be very costly.


“They said they were going to fund this to the end,” Connelly said.


The legal effort included  extensive court representations and $18,000 for transcripts.


“We filed motions upon motions upon motions,” Connelly said. “It tied up my practice for six months.”


Connelly said his firm has offered several discounts on the outstanding legal bills.  “They kept ignoring us,” Connelly said. “We offered them great terms to pay over time.”


Connelly also said he filed the lawsuit in Middlesex County in an effort to limit publicity in Morris County.


“I don’t want to embarrass him,” he said. “I want to get paid.”


Connelly said the freeholder avoided being served with the lawsuit summons, forcing him to hire a professional to  serve him at Lyon’s freeholder office.


Connelly said he also named Lyon’s father, Robert, in the lawsuit because the elder Lyon initially had agreed to pay the legal bills.


Connelly said he believes Lyon and his family have significant assets, including real estate holdings and restaurants.


Lyon’s income includes $24,375 a year as a freeholder. He also works with his father in the family’s business, which owns four restaurants, including Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants and Maggie Moo’s ice cream parlors.


Election Violations


The N.J. Election Law Enforcement Commission also has accused Lyon of four violations of campaign finance laws during the 2011 Republican primary. Each violation could result in a maximum $6,800 fine.


The same alleged violations were cited by Superior Court Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck when he ruled against Lyon and in favor of Nordstrom.


The commission names Lyon and his father who was the campaign treasurer.


One alleged violation involves a $16,000 loan made to the campaign a week before the primary but not reported until July 8. The state says that because the contribution was more than $1,200, it should have been reported within 48 hours.


Another alleged violation occurred when Lyon and his father certified the information on the loan and campaign report was correct but that they changed it in a subsequent report. Initially, Lyons reported that he had made the loan but it was later changed to identify Robert Lyon as the contributor, the state said.


Additionally, the state claims the information about the contribution was submitted after the June 27 deadline.


Further, the complaint says that $16,795 in expenditures were listed on July 8 but were due on June 27.

(Editor Phil Garber, December 11, 2013, newjerseyhills.com)


Better keep that GPS in working order.  This crew couldn't find their backsides in a snow storm.


Lots of Questions for the Freeholder candidates

Tomorrow evening the New Jersey Herald will be holding a public debate between the four candidates for Sussex County Freeholder.  Voters will get to select two.  The candidates are:  Jonathan Rose, Republican; Carl Lazzaro, Republican; Harvey Roseff, Independent; and Robert Walsh, Independent.  The Sussex County Democrats did not come up with a candidate for Freeholder this year.

The debate is being held at Newton High School.  It begins at 6pm and will take about an hour.

Sussex County is in transition.  With its tax base shrinking and job hunters moving away, there are a lot of issues that will have to be tackled by the next Freeholder Board.  The solar scandal exposed the extent to which cronyism and back room dealing has corrupted the process of government in Sussex County. To address these issues moving forward, we need a county ethics committee, the registration of county lobbyists, and a clear ethics policy that every elected official, employee, and vendor signs off on.

Other issues that need to be discussed include the future of transportation in the county -- both in terms of improved roads and bridges with quicker repair schedules and mass transportation to points outside the county and within.  How we address this will determine whether or not we will have the infrastructure to grow and provide jobs for our future. 

Solid waste is another.  The county has a great asset in its solid waste facility but past Freeholder Boards have wanted to sell it off to politically connected operators at a bargain basement price.  We shouldn't allow it to become the next homestead nursing home sale -- with both the asset and the income, and now even the windfall, gone. 

Transitional healthcare sounded good but it has to be re-examined to see whether or not it is a good deal for taxpayers.  And part of that examination will have to be the relationships between health care corporations and county officials both past and present. 

The county's 9-1-1 program has also ended up being less than advertised.  We went from a program that worked to one that still works but costs a whole lot more.  Some say a million dollars a year more, with half of Sussex County actually paying twice for the service.  

Sussex County's solar debacle began as a sole bid contract.  Sole bid contracts have become a usual and customary way of doing business in Sussex County.  The biding process must be made more open -- both in transparency of process and in advertising bids. 

These are just a few of the many issues that you need to ask questions about tomorrow evening.  No doubt you have some of your own.  Please take an hour out of your week and attend the debate, ask questions, and take back your county.

The rest of this week we will be looking at each of the four candidates for Freeholder, so stay tuned.