“Whether it’s holding down taxes, working to keep our town safe, or recruiting businesses to bring in good-paying jobs, residents know they can count on us to put South Plainfield first,” Mayor Matt Anesh said this week.
Anesh pointed to a string of accomplishments that he says shows his team can make a difference:
· The part of the tax bill controlled by the council is flat this year—even while surrounding towns are seeing huge tax hikes.
· South Plainfield is safer with the closing of Liquid Assets, and in fact, last year crime dropped 9.8%.
· New businesses and the good-paying jobs they bring with them are coming to South Plainfield. Progressive Insurance Dick’s Sporting Goods and biotech firm Genewiz are just a few examples of new and expanding businesses.
Anesh also noted how his team inherited several projects the prior Democrat administration bungled and then found solutions. “We found a bipartisan solution to double the size of the library,” Anesh explained. “We also got the alternate truck route (Hollywood Avenue) on track.”
Councilman Alex Barletta, who is on the ticket with Anesh, said the key to keeping South Plainfield on the right track is putting the right people in place.
“In the past, the other side put the wrong people in key spots, often recycling council people from their party or choosing the politically tied.”
“We worked hard to bring in strong leaders who could get results,” Barletta said. “I think our appointments show the town comes first, not politics.
Councilman Derryck White pointed to people like Bobby Capparelli at public works and Chief Jim Parker at the police department as examples of what Barletta meant. “You put the right people in the right places and you get results,” White said.
“We’re not here to please some political machine so we can move up the ladder,” Anesh added.
The other side, according to Anesh, seems to be taking its marching orders from the county Democrat machine. For example, while they say they are against red light cameras, they were MIA when it came time to stand against the cameras in Piscataway. Apparently they did not want to offend the powers that be.
“We’re here for South Plainfield and South Plainfield only,” Anesh said. “If you think our town is moving in the right direction, we ask for your support so we can continue to get the job done for our town.”