To the Editor:

In his campaign for mayor, Matthew Moench is promising to reduce Bridgewater’s debt. Given his long history of supporting debt increases, I think we should be looking elsewhere.  

  • In 2012, Bridgewater increased its debt by $970,000. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2013, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $400,000. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2014, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $3.1 million. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2015, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $2.8 million. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2016, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $1.9 million. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2017, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $530,000. Matt Moench voted yes.
  • In 2018, Bridgewater’s budget increased debt by $2.1 million. Matt Moench voted yes.

*Information gathered by township finance reports: https://www.bridgewaternj.gov/finance-reports/

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Bridgewater hasn’t released its debt statement for 2019 yet, but the budget Mayor (Dan) Hayes proposed was slated to increase the debt by yet another $2+ million. Matt Moench voted to reduce that debt increase by $100,000. The budget that he voted yes on will still increase the township’s debt by over $2 million.  

As a long-time member of the board of education, Jeffrey Brookner has a proven record of reducing debt, from almost $70 million when he joined the board to just over $20 million now.  If reducing Bridgewater’s debt is important to you, you should join me in voting for Jeffrey Brookner as Bridgewater’s next mayor.

Sincerely,

Marianne Adler

Bridgewater