Letters to the Editor

"Not a Better Choice" than Collander for Borough Council


Dear Editor-

I am writing to encourage all Chatham Borough voters to vote to re-elect Council Member Jim Collander on Tuesday, Nov. 8. I have known Jim as a neighbor and friend for 48 years and there is not a better choice to be on Chatham Borough Council for another term. Honesty and integrity and a sense of reality in problem solving are but a few of Jim’s character traits.

Jim has always been someone to volunteer in the community long before he became a Chatham Borough Council member. These many years of volunteering gave Jim a terrific understanding of Chatham and fueled the desire to continue to volunteer. Jim brings a great deal of financial and business expertise to the Council and the Chatham community benefits. Chatham is one of only 16 communities out of 565 in New Jersey that has the coveted AAA bond rating. Much of that has been due to Jim’s efforts over the last 12 years on Council.

Sign Up for E-News

He is also instrumental in leading public and traffic safety improvements within Chatham. He was responsible for the flashing crosswalk lights at the Train station on Fairmount Avenue as well as those at Coleman and Main Street.

I’ve read with interest where his opponents claim that they can reduce traffic on Chatham’s Main street. What his opponents fail to understand or perhaps choose to ignore is that Chatham’s Main Street is a state road. That means that the state of New Jersey controls all aspects of traffic. Jim has told me several times that he and the council have repeatedly approached the state on many issues and the reality is that the state makes the decisions and the Borough of Chatham has little decision making power in that regard. That being said, Jim is relentless on achieving what he can regardless of the difficulty.

I’ve also read where his opponents claim they can do a better job on the annual budget. Good luck with that. Jim has lent his personal expertise to the job for the past 12 years and has done an exceptional job. Honesty and experience count in my book.

For these reasons and more, I encourage all Chatham residents to vote for Jim Collander on November 8, 2016.

Rich Rafford

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018


The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

A Huge Chatham Thank You to Len Resto, the Mayor, Council and DPW, especially Carlos and Stan

April 9, 2018

Dear Editor,


With spring holding off threats of snow, recent memories of the Nor’Easter that paralyzed the region are still engraved in my mind. In the height of the last big storm a 65 foot tall, 2½ foot wide white pine gave way to the heavy snow and landed on the house pulling our power line down, 1700 other Chathamites had lost power and trees were down ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!


Financial Planning for Recent College Graduates from Chatham Wealth Management

April 20, 2018


It’s that time of the year when many families are excitedly getting ready to attend their children’s college graduation. Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that we were dropping them off for freshman year.

Well, time does pass quickly and now would be a really good time to give your graduating children some savings and investment advice. Below are a ...