To the Editor:

This election, I am proud to support Montgomery’s own Mark Caliguire for New Jersey General Assembly. He is long-time resident of town, has a distinguished record of community service, and understands how to protect our exceptional quality of life.

Mark has served Montgomery for 14 years as a Township Committee member, mayor, and now a Somerset County Freeholder. He has been a mentor and friend for years and represents Montgomery’s spirit of community involvement.

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Mark was instrumental with getting our financial house back in order. We are spending below 2005 levels and have cut debt by over $30 million due to the foundation that Mark created for us. He is also a champion of open space and led the effort to preserve Skillman Park, which was at risk of being developed.

Sadly, a few weeks ago a negative attack mailer paid for by the “Zwicker, Freiman, and Poppe” state legislative campaign blatantly lied about Mark’s tax record as a Montgomery Township Committeeman and Mayor.  This mailer claimed that during his tenure as our Mayor, property taxes increased by 41 percent.  

This claim is blatantly false.  As our township documents prove, the municipal property tax levy during Mark’s two years as Mayor (2010 and 2011) increased less than 1  percent.  Moreover, when Mark was serving as Committeeman (2003 to 2009) he did not support the combined 33 percent tax increase for the 2007 and 2008 budgets.

Those increases were approved by the Democratic Mayor at the time and while Mark was serving as the only Republican on the Township Committee.

While Andrew Zwicker likes to talk about making decisions based on “facts and evidence” it is clear that this claim is nothing short of a defamation. It is a cheap attempt to win the election at any cost.  Zwicker has proven to be a hypocrite and is unworthy of representing Montgomery.

Let me be clear to Zwicker and his team, leave Montgomery out of your partisan falsehoods and underhanded campaign tactics. 

We deserve better.

We are proud of Mark’s long record of fiscal responsibility in Montgomery and in Somerset County.  He will bring that same mindset to Trenton and we have no doubt he will shake things up just like he did here in Montgomery.

Ed Trzaska

Mayor, Montgomery Township