To the Editor

I have lived in Berkeley Hts. approximately 42 years.  My husband and I have raised our four sons here.  We have volunteered in various capacities for many of those years, but not so much lately (since the boys all graduated!).  Currently, I expend most of my volunteer hours at Church and through Family Promise. 

Politically, I am fiercely independent! For full disclosure, I am a registered Republican, and I have voted in every election and primary, with few exceptions, for these 42 years, but crossing political lines has never been a problem.  I have voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents when I felt the ideas and ideologies more closely aligned with what I believed to be the correct direction for my town, my county, my state, and my country.

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Personally, I believe PACs should be done away with, and it seems that the Democratic Congressional Candidate agrees with me:

“He's a New Jersey politician who's pledged not to accept corporate political action committee (PAC) contributions.  And for that, he's gotten a thumbs-up from a PAC that lobbies to "keep special interest money out of politics."

A  Democrat challenger in New Jersey's 7th District, announced that he has received an endorsement from campaign finance reform advocates End Citizens United (ECU).

Tom Malinowski said that he's honored to gain the support of ECU and pledged to help "break the hold of special interest and dark money on our democracy." (source: Millburn Patch, Mar 1, 2018)

It is with the above in mind I need to ask the following of the Berkeley Heights Democratic Candidate for Mayor:

Why are Contractors from Elizabeth, Lakewood, and West Long Branch NJ; as well as a Political Action Committee from Bloomfield, and a Lobbyist from Hoboken, (source: www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/0369753D:US-hoboken-strategy-group-inc) contributing to the local Democratic campaign? Why so interested in a small town on the outskirts of Union County?

(See attached – source New Jersey Election Law Commission  https://www.elec.nj.gov/ELECReport/searchcontribcandidate.aspx

I am concerned that so many businesses, outside of Berkeley Heights are willing to contribute to a local campaign. Why?  We do not need this interference in our town.

And by-the-way, my street needs repairs too, but I believe in a structured approach to public works, not a helter skelter jump from one street to another that increases costs and creates havoc. 

To that end, there is a 15-year rolling capital plan to fix the roads in Berkeley Hts., and we are currently in year 5.  Government is not responsible for the weather, -- only the careful, and thoughtful remediation of its effects!

I am proud of the hard work of current representatives running for re-election – Mayor Bob Woodruff, and Council members Michael D’Aquila and Michelle Greco, and I look forward to their continued good works on behalf of Berkeley Heights.

I love this town and I truly care about its future – that’s why I am giving my full support to the people that truly have our best interests at heart locally. Please join me in voting Woodruff, D’Aquila, Greco!