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Democrats: Committee Needs Diversity of Opinion

Candidates Michael Goldberg and James Farley say they want to bring a bipartisan view to the board.

Michael Goldberg, the head of the Democratic committee and a candidate for Hillsborough Township Committee, says he is determined to bring a change to the committee and bring a better way of life to Hillsborough residents.

“One of my goals is to provide a better way for people living in Hillsborough,” Goldberg said. “We are individuals, but we are also a community. We need to plan together, work together, and make sure we are taking advantage of every opportunity to make Hillsborough better for everyone.”

A look at the campaigns of Republican candidates Carl Suraci and Greg Burchette can be found here.

A look at the campaign of Independent candidate Judd Mandell can be found here.

Goldberg believes that Hillsborough is at a crossroads on everything from taxes to the Route 206 bypass.

“The most important thing for the people of Hillsborough is taxes that keep going up and a vision for the future,” he said. “We are at a cross roads as we have more congestion on 206, the bypass wont be done until 2018, and more empty stores on 206; what is the township doing? We need to sit down and figure out what we need to do.

“When we found out that the bypass wasn’t going to be done until 2018, the mayor at the time said, 'This isn’t what we hoped for.' Well, what do we hope for?”

Goldberg says he and running mate James Farley want to ask questions and get answers.

“Jim is a lifetime resident of Hillsborough and has demonstrated his dedication to the town with his involvement with the Hillsborough Fire Company 1 and being on the board of education," Goldberg said. "He is thoughtful, concerned, and recognizes the importance of asking tough questions and demanding answers.”

Farley said he believes the board needs to become bipartisan.

“I’m in so the board will have bipartisan representation to represent the residents of Hillsborough in a fair and equitable manner,” he said. “We simply just need a bipartisan board, as it is in the best interest of everyone. My plan is to bring to the board honesty, trustworthiness, commitment and dedication.”

Goldberg said he believes it’s an ideal time to run, especially with it being the same time as the presidential campaign.

“It’s an exciting year to run because you know people will be engaged,” he said. “There is a lot going on that people are excited about and our party has made a difference in the election. There are really important issues in town that need to be addressed. It is important that the over 5,000 democrats in Hillsborough have their voiced heard. I felt that I wanted to be that person this year, and the rest of the democratic party felt the same way.”

Goldberg touched on Independent candidate Judd Mandell briefly.

“I respect Mr. Mandell’s commitment and I think that we share some of the same concerns, as he wants to bring a balance to the township committee,” he said.

Goldberg also talked about the hiring process of township administrator and former mayor Anthony Ferrera, using it as an example of why he wants a Democratic voice on the committee.

“It was a process that was not open and that failed to, even on the most basic level, serve the residents of Hillsborough," Goldberg said. "We don’t know if we have the best possible candidate because they didn’t open the interview process. He doesn’t have credentials to be clerk. He is going to be doing some on-the-job training at tax payer expense. This isn’t the first time that’s happened.

"This isn’t against Anthony as a person, it’s against a process. The day they announced him as township administrator/deputy clerk, nobody raised a single question about his qualifications or the salary he is being paid. He is being paid $124,000; there is a fair questions there as to why he is being paid that much. They all just echoed the same things and never raised one question.”

Mayor Carl Suraci, one of the two Republicans running for the two committee seats, has defended the hiring of Ferrera, saying the township did not hire Ferrera hastily and that it was six weeks between the announced departure of former administrator Michael Merdinger and the hiring of Ferrera. He also said "we have hired the most qualified person."

Goldber says he would handle similar situations differently.

“If there was an opening for township administrator, I would put out a press release announcing it to the general public,” he said. “I want to let people know that Hillsborough is looking for the best possible candidate for this position.”

Goldberg also said he wishes there was more discussion and effort to gain public input on the possible county police consolidation, and questions municipal tax rate increases he says have taken place.

Goldberg said he believes both sides need to work together for the betterment of the town.

“Even though there are a number of things that we question of the Republicans, at the end of the day we have to work together to represent all the residents of Hillsborough,” he said. “We can represent them better by asking tough questions and demanding answers. Ultimately, the result will be better government."

Edward P. Campbell October 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Hillsborough Township has been honored not once, but twice by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 small towns to live in America. Yet, the democrats always say we must have a bi-partisan committee. Why, so we can be like the federal government and sit stagnated until Money Magazine rates us in the lowest 100 towns? Get a platform guys, get a platform!
sammy October 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
WHY do we need bi-partisan? is there something or things that they would dramatically do so different that would benefit the taxpayer in this town? WHAT , pleas tell us. This is vote for me because i am not the other guy syndrome. Are there some dramatic changes to the budget, shifts in priorities, ending pay to play - oops, what would john lynch say about that
sammy October 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
One by one , i will attempt to respond to this drivel... “The most important thing for the people of Hillsborough is taxes that keep going up and a vision for the future,” . SO DO EXPENSES!!! BUT THE TC HAS MADE HARD DECISSIONS THAT HAVE KEPT INCREASES LOWER THAN THE PAST “We are at a cross roads as we have more congestion on 206, the bypass wont be done until 2018, and more empty stores on 206; what is the township doing? We need to sit down and figure out what we need to do. GREAT, WHAT SHOULD THEY BE DOING TO FILL THOSE EMPTY STORES - OOPS , WAIT , THIS IS STILL A USA WHERE FREE ENTERPRISE HAS TO DECIDE WHERE TO LOCATE THEIR BUSINESSES... DUH! “When we found out that the bypass wasn’t going to be done until 2018, the mayor at the time said, 'This isn’t what we hoped for.' Well, what do we hope for?” GETTING DEMOCRATS OUT OF STATE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE A START, Goldberg says he and running mate James Farley want to ask questions and get answers.board honesty, trustworthiness, commitment and dedication.” I DIDNT KNOW THIS WAS A PROBLEM. SHOULD WE CALL THE AG “It’s an exciting year to run because you know people will be engaged,” HOPING FOR COATTAILS It is important that the over 5,000 democrats in Hillsborough have their voiced heard. SHOW UP AND BE HEARD AT ANY MEETING ... DUH “
Patricia P. Smith October 07, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I find some of the comments by the democratic candidates to be disingenuous at best. The remark about the mayor's disappointment concerning the bypass was insulting. What is wrong with the mayor saying the delay was not what he hoped for. That is not to say he wouldn't petition the state to move the construction date up to help with the traffic congestion or take some other action. And they plan on bringing honesty trustworthiness and dedication to the council? The unstated implication being the council is completely lacking these qualities now? To say the council only represents republicans and that they need to be elected so that democratics in Hillsborough are represented is ridiculous. This is why I find politicians on both sides to be sophomoric and like petulant children who should be sent home.

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