Michael Assad is the youngest elected official in New Jersey. He is a school board member in Absecon. His distinction as an elected official has not translated in to equivalent success with the alarm on his new car. The Scoop Squad arrived to Athena’s in Northfield to the tune of Assad’s car alarm going crazy. We got out of our vehicle and entered Athena’s with Assad still wrestling his car’s remote control.
Seth Grossman introduced the candidate forum with an announcement of Liberty and Prosperity’s mission. L and P intends to make Americans again free and effective citizens.
Mr. Grossman explained that a system of liberty is the ideal model for government. The blueprint for such a governmental system is found in the Declaration of Independence.
The avowed purpose of the evening was to have candidates outline their position on a community using Federal Code 287g to enforce the immigration laws of the United States. The other avowed purpose of the evening was to have the candidates explain their positions on the four ballot questions.
287g allows local, county and state law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws. As it stands, law en-forcement officials are unable to en-force all of our laws. Law enforcement officials are in a strange limbo when it comes to immigration laws. They are often forced to turn a blind eye and practice a different standard of enforcement when it comes to illegal aliens. 287g remedies the situation.
The four ballot questions deal with two bonding issues: stem-cell research and open space, one tax allocation issue: moving revenues derived from the new percent of sales tax in to a fund to alleviate property taxes, and one question considering NJ to allow idiots and insane persons the priviledge of voting.
Needless to say, the Democrats, Assemblymen Jim Whelan and Jeff Van Drew, were in unison with their approval of all four questions and their avoidance of 287g discussion.
The Republicans treated the crowd to answers that ran all ranges of the spectrum. The Republicans did not exercise a clarity of position, or a concise articulation of principle. They did show that some people got something out of their education in the first and second legislative districts. If any of the Republican candidates lose their races, I would suggest that they consider careers as artists. There was more creativity in their answers than what you would find in an art class.