Endorsement by Democratic mayor stuns Somerset Dems

MANVILLE – The Somerset Democratic Committee choked down what from their vantage point was the very unpleasant news about Manville Mayor Angelo Corradino backing Gov. Chris Christie for governor.

Corradino was the Democrat around whom the long suffering Somerset Democrats wanted to build a new majority.

“The mayor’s misguided, unilateral decision came as a shock to all of us, and his actions do not reflect the sentiments of the Somerset County Democratic Committee,” said County Chair Peg Schaffer. “We are perplexed as to why the mayor would advocate for a governor who has been the steward of the worst economy in the region and where property taxes have soared an astronomical 20 percent under his so-called leadership. He vetoed a raise in the minimum wage, which was heavily favored by Mayor Corradino’s many working-class constituents in Manville. Governor Christie’s anti-growth policies continue to be wrong for Manville, Somerset County and the entire state of New Jersey.

“More importantly, for a governor who has received glowing headlines for his handling of natural disasters, he has failed to help the town of Manville fund initiatives to ameliorate its ongoing flooding problems. These issues have existed long before Hurricane Sandy even approached New Jersey’s coastline.”

It hurt Schaffer, who has played a key role among Democratic County Committee chairs plugging the candidacy of Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18).

But she put it in perspective.

“This was a poor decision from Mayor Corradino, but considering his endorsements for Republican Bob Franks for U.S. House in 1996 and U.S. Senate in 2000, this behavior is not unusual for him,” said the Democratic chair. “There are many in Manville and in the party at-large who remain saddened over the mayor’s choice, made without so much as consulting those he would be hurting in the process until the eleventh hour. The Somerset County Democratic Committee remains unwavering in its support for Senator Barbara Buono to be the next Governor of New Jersey.”

"I’m excited as hell about CD 5. We have encouraged Congressman [Steve] Israel to get involved in CD 5."
—Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie