In light of the recent alleged events in East Brunswick, I would like to take a moment to publicly renounce intolerance in our midst. Several weeks ago, in the aftermath of the New Zealand attacks, a vigil was held in Temple Beth El in Franklin Township. We stood in unity at the event in the face of hatred and bigotry. It was reassuring for me to see many of our elected officials present, including Freeholder Director Brian Levine, Congressman Tom Malinowski, Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Walsh, and Candidate for Sheriff Tim Pino. It was surprising not seeing candidate for Sheriff William “Bill” Parenti, present. At times our elected officials and candidates can be silent on issues of intolerance, which can either be taken as indifference or worst, their concern for alienating supporters. Having signed the Pledge to Stand up for the Other, let me be clear in saying intolerance is not welcome in Somerset County. I encourage all elected officials and candidates to sign the pledge and speak out. Titles don’t lead, actions do and there’s only one right choice on this topic.
Robert A. Quinn is a Republican candidate for Somerset County Freeholder; Primary day is June 4.