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The Record Endorses Republican Freeholder Candidates
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OPPORTUNITY beckons for Bergen County Republicans. Unlike last year, when Republicans were fighting merely to retain a minority of seats on the county Freeholder Board, the GOP can take control of the board by winning two open seats next Tuesday. The Republican candidates are Robert Avery, a onetime Municipal Court judge in Ridgefield, and Bernadette Walsh, a former member of the Ridgewood Village Council. The Democratic incumbents are David Ganz of Fair Lawn and Joan Voss of Fort Lee. There has been nothing collegial about the county Freeholder Board of late. The handful of Republicans on the board often have disagreed with one another, and the full board has clashed with the Republican county executive. Many of the disputes — some substantive, some petty — have ended up in court. There are not major philosophical differences among the four candidates. All talk about keeping property taxes as low as possible, maintaining the county’s safety net for residents in need and improving transportation. Still, there are enough differences to tip the scales in the Republicans’ favor. Perhaps the biggest issue in the county is a proposal to fold the county Police Department into the Sheriff’s Department. Supporters say the move would eventually save up to $200 million, but the cost reductions would take decades to be realized. The GOP candidates support the concept of merging services, but they say there are too many unanswered questions about the current plan and that potential savings may never materialize. We agree. Another law enforcement issue has been the freeholders’ approval this year for the county to obtain two military surplus vehicles known as mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs. We agree with Republicans that military vehicles originally designed for the battlefield are not suitable for county streets. Thanks to a 2 percent cap on annual tax increases, the county’s $505 million budget in itself is not a major issue. Nonetheless, we take exception to a move by the Democratic freeholder majority to cut expenses by taking about $1.7 million from various county trust funds. While that’s a small amount of money in the context of the entire budget, dipping into trusts is not a responsible practice to start. The incumbents’ position on so-called pay-to-play, the practice of individuals and businesses getting contracts by making campaign contributions, also has been disappointing. A Republican-controlled Freeholder Board originally adopted a tough law to control pay-to-play, but then it was weakened when Democrats took control. Last January, the board adopted still another version, stronger than the original one. While the end result was good, the board’s changing views give us pause. We recognize that changing control of the board to Republicans may not result in better government, but a new direction is needed. And a one-vote Republican majority will not stifle internal debate among freeholders. The Record endorses Robert Avery and Bernadette Walsh for Bergen County freeholder.
IT’S TIME TO
GET OUT THE VOTE
FOR THE ENTIRE
RE-ELECT COUNTY EXECUTIVE
ELECT FOR BERGEN COUNTY FREEHOLDER
AND ROBERT AVERY
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