This is from today’s Press of AC editorial endorsement for John McQueen, Jr.to win this November’s Mayoral election.
Here are their comments on Lorenzo Langford, Democrat candidate:
Langford was not interviewed by The Press editorial board after he apparently confused the date of the meeting. But he has a track record in office – and it isn’t good. Langford’s administration was steeped in much of the classic divisiveness, patronage and politics of City Hall, including pressuring city employees to collect absentee ballots for a political ally. That violated the Hatch Act, and Langford settled a federal complaint in 2006 by agreeing to stay out of office for 18 months.
Still, the most compelling reason why Langford does not deserve another term is how he handled hundreds of thousands of dollars of settlement money wrongly given to him by City Council, which was controlled by his supporters at the time. The settlement was contested by the state inspector general from the start, and Langford knew it – yet he spent and gave away the money. The Supreme Court of New Jersey ordered him to repay it. It has yet to be fully repaid. Someone with that kind of indifference to the law, the courts and the taxpayers of Atlantic City should not be entrusted with the highest office in the region’s largest and most important city.
At last count, Mr. Langford owes me and every citizen in Atlantic City approximately twenty-four cents. Mr. Langford, where is my quarter?