Democratic and Republican candidates for President of the United States will have to reimburse Middletown taxpayers for police overtime if they want the Township’s finest to control traffic and provide security for their fundraisers, according to Township Committeeman Tony Fiore.
The Township was left with an overtime bill of about $14,000 in 2008 when Barack Obama held a fundraiser at Jon Bon Jovi’s Navesink home, according to Fiore. That won’t happen again. “The Township Committee will not approve the expense.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is coming to Bon Jovi’s house today for a $1000 per head soiree, according to Star Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno.
In 2008, the township requested reimbursement from the rocker, but didn’t have a prayer to collect. Today, Fiore says the Police Department will not be present for the event unless Bon Jovi agrees upfront to cover the costs.
The same goes for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Republican front runner in most polls, who is coming to the Navesink Country Club next month for a fundraiser hosted by State Senator Joe Kyrillos.
“This is not a matter of Party,” Fiore said, “It is a matter of doing the right thing for the taxpayers of Middletown. These campaigns are leaving Middletown with hundred of thousands in campaign donations. Traffic control and security is part of the cost of the event. Middletown taxpayers will not subsidize candidates of either Party.”
Mayor Stephanie Murray said there has been no request from Bon Jovi for police presence and no confirmation that the Clinton fundraiser will take place in the Township. “If we get a request, I will demand payment for police overtime,” Murray said.