Freeholder mayhem?

Well maybe. I hear that the board’s recent caucus produced a split vote in regard to next year’s freeholder director.
Tom Mastrangelo got the nod in a 4-3 vote. He was supported by Hank Lyon, and incoming freehoders John Krickus and David Scapicchio.
Those in the negative were Anne Grossi, John Cesaro and Doug Cabana.
The political intrigue was that Grossi was expected to get the director;’s job, but that the two incoming freeholders swung to Mastrangelo.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the board reorganizes in early January.
Will the formal vote naming Mastrangelo be split, or will eveyone “make nice” and produce a unanimous vote?

Trying to get back in the swing — again

Yeah, here is a new blog post. Maybe, just maybe, we can get it going again.
Went to the Morris County Crimestoppers party last night A fun time as usual. Spotted Fred Knapp, the prosecutor to-be, or is it acting prosecutor in the audience. But no Bob Bianchi.

Quinnipiac has good news for the Dems

A Quinnipiac poll today shows President Obama and Bob Menendez with relatively safe leads over Mitt Romney and John Kyrillos respectively.

That is not a surprise; NJ has been pretty blue for the last 20 years with the notable exception, of course, of the 2009 gubernatorial election.

Both Obama and Menendez had leads of about a dozen points.

Me and Public Relations

Yes,I will get to that. For now, just say that I learned that I am more a newspaper guy than a PR guy. And the trip to Trenton was not much fun.
In case you are wondering, I am now an editorial writer for the Bergen Record.

Back in action

OK, I’ve been away from this blogging stuff for a long time, but it’s time to start it up again .. Is anybody out there?

More on CCM and immigration

The Daily Record has a good editorial on the subject today _ almost as good as I used to write.  🙂

Seriously, the edit’s point is well taken, although those who reduce this complicated issue to an “invasion by aliens” will not be swayed by logic. That is sad.

And what is sadder is that the Morris County freeholders, a group that should be more dispassionate, agrees with them.

Freeholders looking backward

At last Wednesday’s freeholder meeting, board members made no negative comment on CCM’s revised policy to allow undocumented students to attend the college. Now I read that they want the policy to change. This view is one of small minds and cold hearts.

The change impacts students who HAVE GROWN UP IN THE UNITED STATES. These are youngsters who came here with their parents at a very young ago. The national debate over immigration has many facets; let’s not punish young people by putting up obstacles to education. Educating students serves society,

CCM has it right. 

We must also note that Bill Chegwidden, the freeholder director, is a teacher in the Morris Hills district. One of the towns in that district is Wharton, which has a large Hispanic population. Surely, there must be students in the Morris Hills district who are here illegally _ some may even be in one of Chegwidden’s class. Should we expel them and put them on the street?

Here’s hoping the CCM board of trustrees holds firm to its position.