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What Would You As a Candidate Bring to the Republican Party?

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 first question, we asked the candidates what they, as individuals, would bring to the Republican party if they were chosen to run for township council in November.

John Di Marco June 01, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Normally, voters are only given the opportunity to vote for a candidate. Hopefully, there is one on the ballot that reflects their views and priorities. Occasionally, there is a ballot question. Only twice every year do voters get to weigh-in on budget matters. Historically, these have passed easily with very low voter turnout. When a budget fails and fails with an above average turnout, that is a clear indication that the citizens of Bridgewater have neared the end of their rope and demand some amount of relief. These voters are not "misguided" as Councilwoman Rose referred to them in an interview with the editor of this site. I cannot speak for Mr. Pestorius. However, from reviewing his web-site (http://mike4bridgewater.com/) , he makes it clear that he will listen to the voters in Bridgewater. By the way, once again you stated an inaccuracy. You wrote above, "...the town council voted to allow an increase to the school budget last year even though the budget was voted down." That did not happen. Are you confusing the Board of Ed with the Bridgewater Township Council? The BOE budget and school board elections happened in April. Since that budget was affirmed by the voters in Bridgewater and Raritan Borough, the Bridgewater Township Council does not have a say in the matter. It was the 2010 BOE budget that was rejected by the voters that then went to the Councils of Bridgewater and Raritan for modification and where Rose was the lone vote against cuts.
Dante June 01, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Yes, I meant the 2010 school budget. That budget was defeated by a very small margin in a year in which the district was already forced to make steep cuts. I was glad that the town council voted to restore some of the funding that might have been cut. I can only conclude that last year, Pestorious would have voted for further cuts to the school budget. I understand his position, but I will not vote for him. I thought the cuts were deep enough last year. My understanding is that while the public can vote down the school and fire budgets, the results of those votes are not binding on the town council. Rather , the council is supposed to provide independent review of both budgets and ensure that the school and fire districts have adequate funding. It sounds like Pestorius does not believe in this review process.
John Di Marco June 01, 2011 at 07:22 PM
You are also correct to imply that the Council made rather small cuts to the budget. It was roughly one third of what was initially proposed. My point is that even with such a small cut, one that was supported by every other council member in Bridgewater and Raritan, Democrats and Republicans alike, Councilwoman Rose still balked at making any cut. We had Corzine spending our money like there is no tomorrow and we still have Obama doing the same. We do not need someone on the Bridgewater Council thinking that there is an endless supply of money to spend. Your understanding of the Council's role is correct and Mr. Pestorius FULLY AGREES with the review process. He understands that being on the Council carries a fiduciary responsibility to all stakeholders in Bridgewater. This is probably the greatest point his campaign has made thus far. As someone that lives in Bridgewater, works in Bridgewater, coaches swimming in Bridgewater, attends church in Bridgewater, has children attending Bridgewater-Raritan public schools, all Council decisions will impact his life as much as yours or mine. In these tough economic times, it will be good to have someone who can bring a new perspective to issues, someone that is an expert in process improvement, someone whose career goes beyond being surrounded by government agencies, and understands that the role of local government is to deliver essential services as efficiently as possible. On June 7, vote for Michael Pestorius.
Mike Umbris June 01, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Rose is a dangerous candidate. I will not be voting for her. Any elected official that ignores referendums and election outcomes does not deserve to hold elected office in this great country of ours. I am looking forward to reading more about Mr Pestorius. When the cell tower is put up at Green Knoll remember Christine Rose is the one who helped them.
stewart resmer November 07, 2012 at 06:48 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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