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What Issues Will Be Most Prevalent to Residents This Year?

The three candidates for the Republican nomination in the primaries talk Bridgewater.

With the primary elections coming on June 7, we thought it would be a good time to hear directly from the candidates themselves about the issues that matter to residents.

The primaries will determine which two of the three candidates will run for two open seats on the township council in November under the Republican party.

The  are not contested this year, with residents John Rooney and Mary Pranzatelli vying for the two nominations.

On four different days this week, we will feature video responses from the three candidates—Matthew Moench, Michael Pestorius and Christine Henderson Rose—on questions concerning why they would like the nomination, the issues relevant to the township and how they will run their campaigns.

For this second question, we asked the candidates what issues they believe will be most important to the residents this year.

Mike Umbris June 01, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Mr Di Marco, well said.. A Moench / Pestorius Ticket looks very appropriate for our township given the current fiscal condition we are in. Thanks for your opinion.
Dante June 01, 2011 at 11:46 PM
I'm also a Republican and I have a real problem with these Tea Party types who are against everything. Bridgewater is a great town because it has strong public schools, beautiful public parks, active volunteer fire departments, a senior center, and publicly supported recreational activities for all ages. All of these things require funding. Past governments were proactive about using public funds to improve the quality of life for all residents. I look around at our schools, athletic fields, parks and fire departments and wonder if we would have any of these if the "no government spending" extremists ran the town. I will be voting for Rose.
John Di Marco June 02, 2011 at 02:30 AM
As I said, I believe there is an absolute role for government which must be funded. However, we neither can nor should try to fund everything regardless of how desireable. Priorities must be set and trade-offs need to be evaluated. In addition to having a desire to spend our money, Councilwoman Rose seems to also have a aversion to saving Bridgewater money when an opportunity presents itself. As an example, she rejected a study to enter into a shared services agreement with the county for 911 dispatch service. The savings to Bridgewater was estimated at nearly half a million dollars annually. As Mayor Flannery said at the time, "Other major cost savings will have to be found for the township’s 2011 budget. Regrettably, I don’t think any of them are going to be as pain-free as dispatch could have been in terms of services to residents.” See: http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/09/bridgewater_council_rejects_sh.html
Dante June 03, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Matthew Moench also voted against the shared services agreement, according to that article in nj.com.
stewart resmer November 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Even the Matthew Moench representing the Somerset County Republican Party petitioning my 18 year old's right to vote based on flawed DMV process wasn't enough to stop democracy. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to suppress the vote of Americans. People who go to court on election day, go out of their way to perform citizenship are the people you targeted to stop voting. Don't give me any "protection of voter fraud" You and Your party are a dying breed. Congrats Mr. President! Gary 7:37 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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