Until recently, County Commissioners in New Jersey held the title "Freeholder". Sussex County has five currently-serving County Commissioners and there are more than a dozen former Commissioners or Freeholders still around. This column is open to them all.
This is their place to give their perspective on current issues or solutions to problems. It is open to any and all who have served on the Board.
Winkler has 30 years experience in Sussex County -- more than any living political consultant on earth. He has run most of the county's successful campaigns for public office. With 3 decades of archives, his perspective is authoritative.
The Tea Party movement has been a fixture in Sussex County politics since 2010. The Skylands Tea Party has brought a notable resurgence of pro-taxpayer activity in Sussex County. It is led by Tom Clark.
There are also a number of other groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement that are active in Sussex County.
This column is open to activists who wish to provide their perspective.
Whether a county employee or an irate taxpayer, average citizens can express their concerns anonymously using our whistleblower column.
We protect the source because of the past outrages by county politicians made against those who speak up. Employees and taxpayers have been threatened and their livlihoods compromised by politicians who would have us believe that butter wouldn't melt in their mouths.
Opinion columns from a wide assortment of political, business, religious, and community leaders in Sussex County.
Dark money has long tipped the balance against taxpayers in Sussex County. According to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC), in the recent June election, three dark money “SuperPACs” spent more than $200,000 to commandeer the primary process in legislative district 24 (which includes all of Sussex County). One superPAC is run by the IUOE 825 "gas tax" union. Another is a Pro-Transgender PAC set up to elect Pro-Choice “moderate” women. A third is a brand-new PAC and seeks to extend the influence of a controversial Islamic cleric.
Every state requires elected members of the legislature to file some form of financial disclosure. Most require it annually. Some states are serious about it. New Jersey isn't one of those states. In fact, in recent years New Jersey's politicians have voted to gut transparency laws.
The state's Right-to-Know law, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is openly violated, as is the Open Public Meetings Act (the so-called "Sunshine Law"). It is time the political class knows there are consequences for breaking the law.
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