Hornik Campaign Accuses Marlboro Republicans Of “Dirty Politics” For Proposing Recreation Department Reforms
The Democratic campaign of Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Council Members Randi Marder and Michael Scalea has characterized their opponents’ plan to reform the Township’s Summer Camp as “cheap gutter politics.”
In statement promoted by Hornik on facebook and released on the JerseyShoreInsider blog (a site funded by Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp that has nothing to do with Snooki or The Situation), Hornik campaign manager Jon Evans accused Republican candidate for Mayor Ira Goldberg and Council candidates Sui Allex and John Dwyer of exploting the “unfortunate and serious incident” that occurred as a result of Matthew Kleinstein, while working as a Marlboro Camp Counselor, sending pictures of his penis to four 11-13 year old female campers in his care.
Councilman Scalea was a member of the Township’s Recreation Committee at the time the incident occurred.
Evans’s statement goes on to claim that the reforms the Republicans proposed are already in practice in the Township of Marlboro. Evan’s states that the Republicans have no platform for improving Marlboro’s government. Read the full statement (that Evans inexplicably did not send directly to MMM) here:
It is disturbing to see our opponents in November’s election resort to cheap gutter politics to try and bolster their campaign. In an effort to get their names in the papers, they have chosen to exploit an unfortunate and serious incident. To use this situation to advance their lackluster agenda is insulting to our residents. Had they done a small amount of research prior to releasing a statement, they would have discovered all of their suggestions are already in place.
To be clear, The Marlboro Township Rec program currently regularly hires school teachers (current and retired) to work as counselors and in supervisory positions in our Rec Summer Camp programs, each of whom is fully vetted and has an independent background check conducted by an outside agency before they are even hired. This has been Town practice for decades. Furthermore, the Township has an expansive hiring, orientation, and training program for all of its employees, and also has in place employment policies and protocols that address and govern important subjects such as safety, discrimination, drugs and alcohol, offensive conduct, sexual harassment, computer use, complaint procedures, and numerous other areas relevant to Township employment. These written policies and protocols have been in place for many years, but are reviewed and regularly updated, including most recently in 2014 under the guidance of the Township Attorney and Monmouth Joint Insurance Fund.
With just weeks left before Election Day, our opponents have once again reminded us that they will resort to dirty politics with absolutely no campaign platform or any relevant ideas to improve our town or government.
Mayor Hornik, Councilpersons Marder and Scalea have a proven track record of lowering municipal taxes, consolidating shared services, aggressive preservation of Open Space, and more. They continue to make Marlboro a great place to call home.
Goldberg, the Republican candidate for Mayor, said,”It is unfortunate that our young mayor continues to relate to the crimes committed by a Marlboro young adult against four Marlboro children as a political problem. Win or lose this election, my concern is for the children of Marlboro and their safety.”
“If the Hornik administration has all the the reforms we’ve proposed in place,which they do not, our problem is one of competence, not one of policy,” Goldberg continued. “The Township is being sued for its failure to comply with New Jersey Youth Camp Standards, a fact that Mr. Evans conveniently omitted from his statement.”
“Sadly, our opponents’ response is predictable,” said Council candidate Dwyer, “Now they are the victims. There is no responsibility and no accountability. After they learned of the sexting incident, rather than terminate the employee and refer the matter to law enforcement, they allowed him, the son of a political appointee, to continue working with even younger children.”
“This is a very serious issue that should have been handled more professionally and immediately”, Council candidate Allex said. “This incident was kept secret from Marlboro citizens for over a year and through two summer camp seasons. Why? As a mother, I don’t want politicians deciding whether or not potential criminals can supervise my children. I would insist that we take precaution first.”
The Republicans’ campaign manager, former Councilwoman Joann Denton, said that the candidates have released a six point platform for the reform of Marlboro’s government on their campaign’s website, PositivelyMarlboro.com.