Entries in NJ Herald Debate (2)


Democrats oppose reform to prevent future solar scams

At last night's NJ Herald debate, Democrat candidate for Freeholder Patrick Curreri came out squarely against the reform that would have prevented the solar program that ended in a $26 million debt for Sussex County Taxpayers.  Four Freeholder candidates held the debate in Newton this evening, Democrat Howard Zatkowsky was absent.

Democrat Curreri opposed the steps taken by neighboring Warren County which has established the requirement of voter approval for discretionary county bonding for projects such as the one that became the solar debacle in Sussex County.  The reform has been so successful in Warren County that the county has been able to cut property taxes there.  In contrast, Sussex County has had to raise its property taxes year after year.

Warren County passed the reform in a 2013 ordinance which requires voter approval for bonding that exceeds 2 percent of the annual appropriations of the county.  As Freeholder Herb Yardley said:  "This ordinance would provide a check on spending.  It would slow down the process of acquiring debt and it would force it out into the open to be debated publicly and then voted up or down."

The reform being proposed is one that is already used by local towns.  In 2017, Newton voters shot down a school bonding referendum.  The voters of Newton had the opportunity to take on $18 million at a cost to them and their families of $337 per household for the next 20 years.  They weighed the benefits with the costs and said NO.  This reform places county government under the same discipline.  It is a reform that expands transparency and democracy.

At the close of the debate, Curreri had the opportunity to correct his position on reform, but when asked by Herald reporter Bruce Scruton directly, he reiterated his opposition to no borrowing without the approval of the voters.  Curreri said he OPPOSED the reform on live video and to the crowd in Newton.


At debate, Orr and Atwood flunk their history lesson

Last evening, the Republican candidates for Assembly held a debate hosted by the New Jersey Herald.  About 40 or so people showed up to the Sussex County Community College to hear Nathan Orr and David Atwood explain why they should be there in the first place. 


Orr, aged 25, has run for office before but has never held office.  He has tried to argue that his experience in student government has prepared him for the rigors of battling and negotiating with the majority Democrats in Trenton. 


Atwood, who used a different name (Wygonski) to vote with as late as November of last year, has never voted in a Republican primary before.  He is an Illinois native whose only other participation in the political process was showing up to vote in the 2012 presidential election.  He couldn't be bothered to vote for his buddy Orr when he was on the ballot in 2015.


Orr flunked his history lesson by comparing himself to Donald Trump.  Orr, like a growing number of egoists with more arrogance than gray matter, said that because Trump won, he can win.  Orr apparently forgets that Donald Trump is worth $3.5 billion -- that's billion, with a "B".  Orr also forgets that at age 25 (the age Orr is now), Donald Trump formally took control of his father's real estate development company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which he would rename the Trump Organization.


Nope Nathan... you're no Donald.


Atwood flunked his history lesson too.  In trying to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, his mistake was in not understanding how Ronald Reagan got to be President Reagan.  Atwood is apparently under the impression that Reagan did not hold political office before entering the White House.  In fact, Ronald Reagan was a twice-elected Governor of the California, the most populous state in America.  Reagan was elected Governor in 1966 and again in 1970.  Reagan was the top politician in the nation's most populated state from 1967 to 1975.  Reagan was heavily involved as a speaker in the 1964 presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater, before running for President himself in 1968 and 1976.  Reagan was successful in the 1980 presidential contest and won re-election in 1984.


Sorry Atwood... you're no Reagan.