DEMOCRATS TRY TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT
The all Republican Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a budget which included a $18.2 million spending cut and a $4.5 million property tax cut last Thursday.
“This budget reduces the tax impact on residents and businesses and returns the amount to be raised by taxation to the 2010 level,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In January, I called for a roll back of last year’s 1.4 percent tax increase and we have achieved that.”
“Cost cutting and belt tightening over the past six years and the sale of the two County care centers have made it possible for this Freeholder Board to present a budget that resets our spending to below the 2007 amount,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said.
Monmouth County’s government now spends $5.5 million less on salaries than it did in 2008 and has 1000 fewer employees than it did seven years ago when the Republican Party won control of the Freeholder Board back from the Democrats.
In their press release on Thursday, Monmouth Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal and job seeker Jeff Cantor, Gopal’s candidate for Sheriff, did not congratulate the Republicans on a job well done. Rather Gopal and Cantor want to know if Sheriff Shaun Golden, also the Monmouth Republican Chairman, favors torturing terrorists.
Gopal and Cantor, a freelance pharmaceutical salesman, say Golden should declare his support, or lack thereof, for Donald Trump for President, because, they say, Trump advocates torturing terrorists. Golden, who is running for reelection as Sheriff this year, is not on Trump’s national security advisory board and does not favor moving terrorist from Guantanamo Bay to Monmouth County.
But since he wants to go there, Cantor should answer his role, if any, in torturing terrorist. The pharmaceutical salesman is running for Sheriff based largely on his military service. Cantor served in Iraq from April of 2003 through early 2004. The torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq occurred between October and December 2003, while Cantor was on the ground in the country.
It is unlikely that Cantor had anything to do with the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. But it is more plausible, i.e., less ridiculous, than Gopal and Cantor trying to make the campaign for Monmouth County offices about Donald Trump and whether or not he supports torture.