There is one seat up for election in November.
Candidate Number 1, Joseph Vicari, the incumbent, has been on the Board since 1981. He is also the superintendent of schools in a municipality in the county. New Jersey has somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 individual school districts which are set up on a town-by-town basis. We do it this way because:
- it makes things way more expensive which helps keep our property taxes so high no one can afford to live here anymore
- it offers employment opportunities at exorbitant salaries for administrators, political hacks and union flunkies
- it is a completely redundant system with no hope of streamlining or passing cost savings on to the taxpayer, so it's perfect for a corrupt little place like New Jersey
However, Mr. Vicari is also the rare New Jersey politician without a scandal, at least one that we know of. After forty years in public service I would pretty much think whatever skeletons he had in his closet would have gone public by now, so we have to assume Mr. Vicari is clean.
But, I'll have a hard time voting for him again this year because:
- he's spent too long in public service
- he's spent thirty years on the Freeholder Board, and quite frankly he can't have the same enthusiasm for the job he once did
- he's already earning a public salary so he should be (if we lived in a common sense state) prohibited from earning another concurrent public salary
Since the 1990s, Ms. Rosen, 64, has also been arrested six times on disorderly persons charges for either passing bad checks or theft of services. She says her financial and arrest issues are "a private matter," and refuses to discuss them.
So here's my choice:
- I can vote for a triple dipper who has held the same office since 1981. In the interest of full disclosure, I worked on two of Mr. Vicari's campaigns twenty and twenty-four years ago
- I can vote for a person who gets arrested for passing bad checks and has run her finances so far into the ground that she listed her dog as an asset
In case you haven't guessed yet, Candidate Number 1 is a Republican, and Candidate Number 2 is a Democrat.
Additional information compiled from Asbury Park Press reports, Erik Larsen, Staff Writer.