RARITAN TWP., NJ – When Steve Kalafer told the Township Committee Tuesday that, “I have a voice that people will listen to,” he knew what he was talking about.

Kalafer, a principal in the Flemington Car & Truck Country dealership group here, assailed officials for a letter he received from the township zoning officer threatening him with fines for an alleged zoning violation.

Since it was published yesterday, the article has become one of the most-read articles on TAPinto Flemington-Raritan.

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It prompted a flurry of comments – on social media and in email to TAPinto – all in favor of Kalafer’s stance that township officials and employees should treat everyone with “courtesy and respect.” Many commenters praised Kalafer’s business ethics, his charitable contributions, and community-minded spirit.

Given the interest in Kalafer’s message, here’s a complete recording of his remarks. It’s less than 12 minutes long.