By Bob McKenna
So there it is, finally out in the open. In his comments to MMM regarding his endorsement of Mr. Flancbaum for the LD 30 Assembly position, Senator Singer is quoted as saying, “ I had to defend my county “ ( Ocean ). I’m confused, I thought this Assembly seat, as well Senator Singer’s position, was about the representation at the state level of the residents, businesses and taxpayers of the 14 municipalities comprising LD 30, 12 of which are in Monmouth County.
To date, I don’t recall seeing anyone writing or saying “ this is a Monmouth County seat “, despite the fact that it always has been and that 12 of the 14 towns are in Monmouth County.
Yes, I am a Wall Township County Committee member ( and yes, a former Mayor, Township Committeeman and Municipal Chairman ) but I write this as one of those residents, and business owner and taxpayer, of LD 30; I thought this abbreviated election process was about selecting the most qualified, the most experienced individual to represent all of LD 30, not what County someone is from.
In his endorsement of Mr. Flancbaum, Senator Singer cites Mr. Flancbaum’s “ youth and energy “, wonderful traits to be sure and both of which I wish had more of. I don’t know Mr. Flancbaum and only yesterday did I receive a letter and resume from him, resulting in two very obvious questions anyone would ask that the Senator, since he is an active Commissioner of the Lakewood MUA, of which Mr. Flancbaum is Executive Director, could have easily addressed.
One, Mr. Flancbaum’s resume makes no reference whatsoever to any educational background, a standard staple of any resume. It does show that he went to work for Thompson Grove Associates , a small construction company owned by a Sam Flancbaum, at age 17 or 18 and worked there until his appointment in 2009 at age 28 as the Executive Director of the Lakewood MUA. It may of interest to voters to know what Mr. Flancbaum’s professional credentials were; engineering, technical, public administration, whatever, that qualified him for that initial appointment which the Senator could have addressed.
Two, more importantly, the Senator should most certainly have addressed this fact and how he reconciles it; Mr. Flancbaum is a full-time public employee employed by a governmental agency , the Lakewood MUA, with a compensation package of an annual salary of approximately $125,000 + plus benefits. As a Commissioner of the Lakewood MUA, how does the Senator reconcile the fact that his full time Executive Director of the MUA would now be spending considerable time away from his job serving as an Assemblyman in Trenton. Or for that matter, how do the taxpayers of LD 30 reconcile the fact that their potential Assemblyman has a full time public employee job dedicated to serving the ratepayers of the Lakewood MUA.
With November just a few months away Senator Singer needs to be reminded that he is supposed to represent the interests of ALL 14 towns in LD 30, not just “ my county “.
Bob McKenna is the interim Republican Municipal Chairman of Wall Township. Dave Rible resigned as Chairman upon becoming the Director of ABC.