Jean Murphy, Sally Rinker, and Bonnie Rubin for Vernon Township Council
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 • 8:46pm
We are two of the five legal guardians of the petition to change the form of government in Vernon Township. We personally listened and spoke with thousands of people in our community during that process back in 2010. By referendum, voters said they wanted to directly elect a mayor and changed to a non-partisan community.
Voters were hopeful for better things for our township all around. “Citizens for Change” was a group of residents who worked for “the change,” and Mayor Marotta was one of 38 petitioners.
We believed that having a mayor/resident who would be directly elected, who could be recalled, would answer to all situations both legal and operational, and could be voted out of office, was the way to go. Having a community run by a town manager from anywhere, as a Faulkner Act government, we had the capacity to try another form of government via referendum. We worked to get a ballot question so Vernon voters would be able to decide for themselves “if they” wanted to change options.
“The change” meant that any citizen of the community would be able to run for public office, with no primary - implying more choices, with or without party backing. The elected mayor would be the chief executive, but not with unconditional power. The council was to perform the “checks and balances” and the mayor would represent the will of the people, not just his friends and supporters.
However, in the last two years, some disturbing issues and headlines from the local papers come to mind. “66K Vernon Performance Bonuses Given: not everyone on council aware.” How about, “HOMESTEAD petition not supported,” and “N.J. Civil Service Commission troubled by appointments.” “Bill for Vernon ballot glitch: Who pays?” and “Vernon Files suit in Social Security Breach.” “Great Gorge Residents Turn to Courts to Fight MUA,” etc., and sadly, other numerous front page stories.
What have the three incumbents who are running for town council really done? They have not challenged the current administration when the opportunity arose on your behalf. They have not demonstrated “checks and balances” the pro-citizen component of the new government. They have been silent, yet approving initiatives of the mayor, who behaves like a film director during council meetings.
On Election Day, November 5, we are supporting the three women candidates for township council as individuals who have independently confirmed their concern for the community. They are active participants in benevolent organizations, have served on municipal committees, and know what the priorities of the residents really are. They have attended the council meetings and paid attention to the issues for years!
These are the women who fought for the successful referendum because they saw the potential of a better local government with fairness and representation for “ALL” residents of the community.
Jean Murphy, Sally Rinker, and Bonnie Rubin are the best choices for the Vernon Township Council. We know they will work to represent “ALL” the people of Vernon.