by Harold Herskowitz
As some political pundits have observed, "The New Jersey governor has praised President Obama's handling of hurricane Sandy. Some Republicans wonder if Chris Christie's own presidential ambitions have, once again, undercut Mitt Romney."
The upcoming elections are overshadowed by the disaster that has engulfed the entire east coast. Leaders are trying their best to get life back to normal. That did not stop people from being cynically suspicious about their intentions. Some say that Obama is responding swiftly in order to gain votes on Tuesday. Romney in kind called his campaign stops "relief campaigns" to create photo ops of him collecting diapers, and canned food, that the Red Cross will not distribute anyway. Amazingly Chris Christie is being criticized for caring more about the people of his State, that he swore to protect, than the Republican campaign of Mitt Romney. Did they expect him to reject the president's offer for federal help? Should he have said that he agrees with Romney and wants to close down FEMA?
The answer would be obvious. The good of the people comes first.
It may have taken a disaster for Governor Christie to put aside his party line, but what would it take for our "leaders" to do what is best for Lakewood's residents?
I am not grumbling about how they handled hurricane Sandy. While I am sure there are those that are upset about the situation, nobody could truly say they could have done a better job. What I am upset about is the overall attitude of our Township Committee that they do not have to answer to the people of Lakewood. They do everything for a select few people with no regard if it is the best thing for the town.
If a developer needs to have an area zoning changed, they do it. Someone wants a piece of public property that will cause parking issues, done. Promote local businesses,create jobs, lower taxes, reduce waste, protect whatever is left of Lakewood"s character, sorry no time for that.
Hurricane Sandy was a wake up call. We were able to see the instant destruction of towns that have taken years to build and maintain. What we do not see as clearly is the slow disaster in our own town that our Senator,his enablers,and his henchmen, the Township Committee have allowed to ruin our town over the last ten years.
If you plan on voting, please send a message to our committee by not voting for Menashe Miller or Mayer Lichtenstein. As for the other candidates, choose whomever you think might actually care about you.