Neighbors, the jury is in. After weeks of campaigning, it is abundantly clear that Jeffrey Schenker and Fred Rubenstein are the only candidates with a realistic strategy to get OUR town out of the doldrums and back on the road to fiscal sanity and a good quality of life.
Their unworthy opponents, Marianne Clemente and Howard Effron are merely two angry radicals who are on the ballot only because they have a childish quarrel with the elders of the Democratic party. Clemente and Effron have no meritorious ideas for Barnegat.
In fact, Marianne Clemente is a known radical. An individual who has proven that she cannot exercise good judgement as evidenced by her crashing of the Memorial Day parade. Ms. Clemente has not offered up one single idea that is sane and workable.
Perhaps worst of all, Clemente publicly supports increased Parkway and Turnpike tolls. Imagine, Clemente would have YOU pay more at a time when many people are out-of-work and on the verge of losing their homes!
Clearly, Ms. Clemente and Mr. Effron do not possess the sensitivity for their neighbors that legitimate candidates must have.
Howard Effron is just as poor of a choice. Mr. Effron has zero-experience in government. This man truly believes he can turn governing Barnegat into a do-it-yourself project. And while his professional background might qualify him for his own show on The Food Channel, it disqualifies him from consideration for sitting on YOUR township committee.
Clemente and Effron are proven liars. In a vicious and below-the-belt underhanded attack, they accused Schenker and Rubenstein of "calling us names."
Friends, ET scrutinized the Schenker and Rubenstein website. We also reviewed the candidates forum on Downtown Barnegat.com and all newspaper coverage of the Barnegat primary. We did not find one single incident of name calling by either Schenker or Rubenstein.
Will YOU vote for liars???
Schenker and Rubenstein have proven themselves the time-tested, old-fashioned way. Schenker and Rubenstein stood in front of a nominating panel and answered their questions. Clemente and Effron had the same opportunity but refused. Why are they afraid to debate in front of those who know them best?
The answer is obvious to those of us who pool our experience here at the ET consortium. This cheap, petty masquerade by Clemente and Effron is being perpetrated at the expense of YOUR family. For Clemente and Effron to call themselves "transparent and accountable" and then refuse to stand the test of public scrutiny is pure hypocrisy.
Yes friends, this pathetic melodrama is the handiwork of a political cabal that could give a damn about Barnegat or YOUR loved ones. It is nothing more than a proliferation of smoke-filled room politics at their worst. Clemente and Effron deserve to be run out of town on June 2nd. Anyone who can use their neighbors as hockey pucks is despicable.
Marianne Clemente and Howard Effron are the "Dream Team" for Jeffrey "The Cigar Store Indian" Melchiondo and Alphonse "Big Al" Cirulli. Melchiondo and Cirulli know they can defeat Clemente and Effron without so much as breaking a sweat.
The truly sad thing is that Clemente and Effron know that, too. But they lack the integrity to shelve the scummy brand of politics they are playing. ET condemns their selfishness, their outright greed and blind lust for power - power they will never get.
Jeffrey Schenker and Fred Rubenstein have proven themselves deserving of YOUR vote. Schenker and Rubenstein ran their camapign honestly. They did not act like underhanded political thugs. Schenker and Rubenstein stuck to the issues.
On Tuesday, June 2nd, the choice is clear. It is also a very, very important choice.
Barnegat Democrats, join the Democratic members of the ET consortium and elect Jeffrey Schenker and Fred Rubenstein. Strike a blow for honesty. Strike a blow for integrity. Strike a blow to stabilize taxes.
On Tuesday, June 2nd
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Vote for YOUR Family!
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Vote for YOUR Family!