Hornik: Christie’s playing politics with school safety

By Art Gallagher

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik told NJ.com that Governor Chris Christie is playing politics by not supporting Marlboro’s decision to post armed police officers at each of their schools as a reaction to the Newtown, CT massacre.

“Unfortunately, I believe that if Governor Christie was not contemplating running for President or was not running for re-election, he would be firmly behind [Marlboro’s actions], but politics has had its influence on him,” said Hornik. “Politics can’t come into play when you’re talking about children’s safety. We need gun control in this country, and we need to get rid of assault weapons and multi-bullet clips. I don’t see a need for them, while recognizing the Second Amendment, at all. But the reality is that guns are out there, right now.”

Since the day after the Newtown shooting, Christie has said that he does not think cops at schools are conductive to the learning environment nor are such deployments the answer answer to mass shootings.

At the press conference for the Belmar boardwalk groundbreaking this week, the governor said that he would not take action to stop communities that decide to have police at their schools.

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger told MoreMonmouthMusings that Hornik’s comments sound political. “Maybe Jon’s running for governor,” said Scharfenberger, “his comments sound just plain silly.  I don’t hear anything political in what Christie said.  He is sharing his philosophy and a lot of people agree with him.”

Hornik told MMM that he’s not running for anything this year. “I doing my job as mayor. No other office excites me. You never know what will come your way, but I am not pursuing anything politically.”

Posted: January 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Art Gallagher, Chris Christie, Connecticut Murders, Gerry Scharfenberger, Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Newtown CT, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

14 Comments on “Hornik: Christie’s playing politics with school safety”

  1. Barb said at 8:22 pm on January 11th, 2013:

    The people have figured out that they ALL have an agenda. They are all pandering. I support Hornik in his decision in having armed police, but not his opinion about needing gun control. Christie…..hmmm, one never knows where he stands. He’s like a prizefighter. Bob left, weave right…..His decision will be whatever makes him Mr. Popular. Especially with his new pals…Obama, Bruce and BonJovi.
    The Mayor says the Governor isn’t being political? I can’t wait until he switches to a democrat and runs for President!

  2. Marlboro madness said at 8:27 pm on January 11th, 2013:

    Hornik is looking for any sound bite he can get otherwise he would have keep the police patrol under wraps. No need to advertise it if Hornik was not playing politics. Hornik called the TV stations to blurt it out for his political reasons , that’s how he rolls. Who does he think he’s kidding? It is temporary measure and a publicity stunt, that’s pathetic

  3. Bob English said at 9:35 pm on January 11th, 2013:

    I agree with Mayor Hornick on wanting to ban assault weapons and high capacity loaders but disagree with him on his criticism of the Governor over Marlboro’s decision to put armed police in its schools. That is Marlboros decision and if they want to do it fine…..however a lot of people do not think that is a good approach including the Governor…nothing political about not being in favor of something he just does not believe in

  4. Patrick Short said at 11:09 pm on January 11th, 2013:

    I don’t see anything political about having a different opinion, so I disagree labeling this difference as political. Personally, I do not favor guns in school and think this approach is simply a reaction to a problem that needs to be addressed on a much broader scale. I do not see a tangible gain by arming schools … which door, which corridor, why not child care centers, churches, shopping centers. How do you measure success? When does it stop if you go down this path? Quite frankly this approach has no end unless you control it from the source. And, that is what really needs to be addressed.

  5. Good Lord, said at 11:35 pm on January 11th, 2013:

    Christie playing politics with school safety?

    Hornik has appeared on numerous news shows and in print on an issue over which he has no vote. He is not an elected member of the board of education. What he did was make public statements and then back the board into making this decision when the security in the district has not been fully studied. Is the only reason hornik appeared on tv and in print so many times to raise his profile?

    I don’t agree with the board approving this measure even if only for a short time.
    9 officers are “volunteering” on their day off for $23/hr to patrol the schools. How is it possible that so many officers have ability to be off at the same time where the police department can guarantee they will have coverage at all of their schools everyday. And what officer do you know of that is willing to work for $23/hr?

    The real question somebody should be asking is does Marlboro have too many officers on the payroll? Is this an effort to avoid increasing the townships budget while blaming any increase in taxes on the Board of Education. That may explain why the Mayor was on national television talking about this pilot program that he doesn’t have the authority to vote on prior to the board of ed voting on it.

    Why is the Board of Ed allowing themselves to be led around by the mayor?

    The Board of Ed Pres and Vice Pres are both up for election this year. Have either one of them made any deals with the Mayor to approve this program in exchange for his support at the polls in November? After all last year he did robo calls, paid mailers and even fundraisers for board of education candidates in marlboro, Rosenwald and Kao. Who are now voting lockstep with the Mayor’s positions.

    Wait, if that’s the case then this is political on the Mayor’s side. What say you Mayor?

  6. Justified Right said at 9:03 am on January 12th, 2013:

    Christie – the sound of running RINO feet. Whenever I post about him on Ricohet, the response against him is vitriolic.

    He may be scoring points with New Jersey’s version of conservative, but boy is he in the doghouse with the base nation wide.

  7. Tony Fiore said at 9:25 am on January 12th, 2013:

    I don’t think it sounds political from a Republican/Democratic sense but political in the sense of gaining press clippings and notoriety. I have a great deal of respect for Mayor Hornik and the job he has done for his municipality. However, may be known now as the Mayor who put police in schools when everyone else didn’t. Politically, maybe that pays off or maybe it doesn’t. I agree with Mr. Short in the sense that unfortunately the results are not measurable for the costs involved. My position is that no matter what you do, if someone has that level of evil intention in mind, there is no stopping it. We could place 3 armed officers in Middletown schools (as an aside 1 officer in each school here would cost well over $1m per year in Middletown) but can’t completely stop someone with such intentions from doing some level of destruction. As a father I have the same fears as everyone else. However, there needs to be a sensible approach.

    The bigger issue here is not about guns and not about cops in schools. The bigger issue is about changes made to our education system over the past 2 decades. Parents are just as much to blame when they receive word that their child may have a social or learning disorder. Many parents today refuse to acknowledge that their child may need additional help and unlike when we went to school, demand their child is put in the mainstream classroom instead of one where additional help can be administered. I can go on and on but this is where the cycle begins. Let’s add in a few violent video games where carnage is rewarded and you have a recipe for disaster.

    I find it quite interesting how these violent video games of today are really escaping the level of criticism that they deserve. If you look at the shooting in Aurora, Sandy Hook, or the mall in Oregon, most of the shooters were wearing some level of body armor. Where did they learn that?? When I go to the gun shop for my hand gun, the merchant never tells me I need to buy a helmet or body armor. Coincidence? I think not.

  8. brian said at 10:07 am on January 12th, 2013:

    Hollywierd and the game makers are Libturds who donate to Milhous’s and the Demonrats—-the NRA and gun makers are Conservatives who donate to Republicans.
    Next question……………………

  9. brian said at 10:09 am on January 12th, 2013:

    Two more school age childern SHOT TO DEATH in Chicago(with very strict gun laws) When will Plugs, Milhous, Stedman and the Ballerina be holding a press conference to address inner-city violence???

  10. outtayourmind said at 10:27 am on January 12th, 2013:

    tell us @Tony Fiore what job has whorenick done in his town for which you have so much respect? Is it the increase in taxes each year for the last 4, is it the furlough day friday where there are no town services but staff salaries are not cut, is it the raised recreation fees, raised water fees, almost additional 1000 units of affordable housing, failure to enforce infrastructure of water pipes, more than $1m yearly in legal fees, areas of the town had a 30% increase in taxes in one year? I could go on and on, but would prefer you tell me what you respect most.

    Here’s a thought you stay in middletown and do your job there before you comment on things you clearly have no knowledge of.

  11. Don't make assumptions; ask questions. said at 11:38 am on January 12th, 2013:

    Justified Right,
    What exactly is “Ricohet”?

  12. Tony Fiore said at 11:48 am on January 12th, 2013:

    Say what you want about Mayor Hornick but I commend him for his efforts during Sandy and with respect to JCP&L. I am not getting into how he runs Marlboro as that is not my place. Nor is it yours to tell me to stay in Middletown.

  13. Here's the PATCH Article re: Hornik said at 1:21 pm on January 12th, 2013:


  14. Marlboro Male said at 2:11 pm on January 12th, 2013:

    Hornik is the biggest phony, social climbing political twirp I’ve ever seen. Right now, he’s sitting back with that phony grin, loving the attention he is getting from this post. He is the quintessential tax and spend liberal who has mastered the fine art of worming his law firm into every nook and cranny in central NJ.