Councilman Eugene Robinson started the evening with having difficulty putting together a coherent sentence. The Councilman may have many achievements, yet public speaking is no longer one of them. To his credit, after his third attempt at speaking, he managed to shake some of his stutter.
Councilman Marty Small demonstrated even worse public speaking ability. His actions seem to speak much louder and clearer than his words. The official recorder had to ask the Councilman to repeat his grunt – which he then clarified – that was supposed to give an assent to a particular ordinance.
Councilman G. Bruce Ward was the most articulate Councilman of the evening. He was strong and clear. He voiced disapproval over Councilman William Marsh’s reluctance to assume the position of Acting Mayor.
Councilman Tim Mancuso was clearly trying to position himself as a hard worker. His verbosity indicated an awareness that there are at least two challengers for his Council seat. He evoked many laughs.
Alice Gordon stole the night. She and Council President Marsh are very familiar with each other’s antics. There was not much love exchanged between those two. It was very amusing to observe. The highlight of their exchange was after several warnings issued to Gordon by Marsh. Gordon continued to be disruptive and Marsh declared, “your time is up, bye.”
Gordon, while being ejected from Council chambers, says, “…too much of a circus.” “You are the ringleader,” countered Marsh. Gordon replied, “I have had eight years of college. I am smarter then you are. You should be thrown out as well. The jury is still out over is the smarter in that exchange.
James Leonard, Jr. did a magnificent job of maintaining a professional countenance. He fielded questions from Marsh and Ward. He also kept his coll under hostile questioning from the sole Councilwoman, Joyce Mollineaux.
The best line of the night came from 5th Ward Councilman Dennis Mason. Mason interjected a simple and poignant inquiry into the ongoing debate on the needle-exchange program. He asked, “Are hypodermic needles still illegal in NJ?” Chief of Police John Mooney replied, “yes.” We can guess how Mason feels on the issue. The second best line of the night was Mason’s other interjection into the needle-exchange debate, “[Chief Mooney] you’ll have a headache, sorting through tho gets and does not get a needle.”